John Legend Wins Tony Award, Now Just an Emmy Shy of EGOT

Musician picks up Broadway’s top prize for producing revival of August Wilson play “Jitney”

Last Updated: June 12, 2017 @ 6:23 AM

John Legend won a Tony Award on Sunday as a producer of the play revival “Jitney” — bringing the musician one step closer to coveted EGOT status.

Legend, né John Rogers Stevens, already earned an Oscar two years ago with Common for co-writing the Best Original Song winner “Glory” from the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma.”

He has also earned 10 Grammy Awards since 2006, including Best New Artist and Best R&B Album for his debut, “Get Lifted.”

Now the artist — who attended the Tonys on Sunday at Radio City Music Hall with his wife, model-actress Chrissy Teigen — is just an Emmy shy of winning the four biggest awards in the U.S. entertainment industry.

Worth noting: Legend is an executive producer of the acclaimed WGN America historical drama “Underground.”

Legend was one of eight producers of “Jitney,” a 1970s-set drama by the late August Wilson that was staged on Broadway for the first time this season. The show was first produced in 1982.

The production earned six nominations, but only won the top prize for Best Revival of a Play.

In addition to appearing on stage with the “Jitney” team, Legend also joined last year’s “Color Purple” Tony winner Cynthia Erivo in presenting the Best Score award to “Dear Evan Hansen” composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.