John Legend is just an Emmy Award away from snagging legendary EGOT (signifying those who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony) status, and his critically acclaimed television series Underground just might take him over the edge. At last night’s 2017 Tony Awards, the multitalented entertainer snagged a win for best revival of a play with the Broadway hit Jitney, by celebrated author August Wilson, which Legend co-produced. As the 38-year old star stepped onstage to claim his award, his hilarious wife, Chrissy Teigen, jumped on Twitter to make sure everyone knew her hubby has a GOT.
Though WGN America recently canceled Underground, a show set in antebellum Georgia on which Legend served as co-producer, it is still up for Emmy consideration this year, and his name has been submitted for the following categories: outstanding guest actor in a drama series, for his portrayal of renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass; outstanding original music and lyrics, for the original song “In America”; and outstanding drama series.
If he can capture a win in any of the three categories, Legend would be the 13th person in history to become a member of the select EGOT group. Current members include icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Helen Hayes, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg and producer Scott Rudin, whose Hello, Dolly! took the top honor for best revival of a musical at last night’s celebration of Broadway’s finest work.
Emmy voting opened today and runs through June 26. Nominations will be announced live July 13. If Legend does get a nomination for Underground, we hope that it helps the series land on a new network.