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John Legend, Chrissy Teigen react to his status as first black man to achieve EGOT status

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John Legend is living up to his name, becoming the first African-American man to join the prestigious EGOT club.

The singer took home an Emmy from Sunday's Creative Arts ceremony for his producer role on NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar," which won live variety special.

An Emmy had been the only remaining piece of the EGOT crown missing from his trophy case. The singer already had 10 Grammys, an Oscar for his original song from 2014's "Selma" and a Tony for producing the 2017 revival of the play "Jitney."

The significance of the EGOT was not lost on him.

"Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories," Legend noted on Instagram Sunday night. "Sirs Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and I joined that group when we won an Emmy for our production of their legendary show Jesus Christ Superstar. So happy to be part of this team. So honored they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. So amazed to be in such rarefied air."

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Wife Chrissy Teigen posted a video of Legend using the bench from his piano to place the Emmy on the top shelf of his trophy wall. "Perfect," she whispers n the background.

She captioned the video, "And I say hey, what a wonderful kind of day," referencing a popular internet joke that claims Legend looks like the animated TV aardvark, Arthur. 

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That post followed a congratulatory backstage photo of Legend with Lloyd Webber and Rice, with the caption "EGOT GOATS." 

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"Late Late Show" host James Corden also paid tribute, writing, "What @johnlegend achieved last night is beyond exceptional. He is 39 years old and the first black man to win the EGOT. He did it with an obscene amount of talent, but also with grace, humility and a generosity of spirit. It is an incredible moment for him and his family."

Legend joins an elite club of only 15 stars to win in competitive categories at each of showbiz's biggest awards shows: Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys.

Before Sunday, there were only 12: Legend was joined by his co-producers from "Superstar," composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice

The elite group of winners includes Robert Lopez, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg. (Lopez, the "The Book of Mormon" and "Frozen" songwriter, who was 38 when he achieved EGOT status, is still the youngest to win all four awards. Legend is 39.) 

Legend could win a second trophy for his title role in "Superstar," when the Primetime Emmys take place on Sept. 17 (NBC, 8 EDT/5 PDT).

The EGOT club almost went from 12 to 17 in one night but Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting team behind "La La Land" and "Dear Evan Hansen," fell short. Their "Christmas Story Live" number "In the Market for a Miracle," lost the Emmy for original music and lyrics to the "Saturday Night Live" song "Come Back, Barack."

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Contributing: The Associated Press