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John Legend could become first black man to earn EGOT status

LEGEND: An Emmy win for John would make history

JOHN LEGEND has been nominated for his first ever Emmy award and if he wins it could have historic consequences.

If John Legend wins on the night, he will achieve the legendary EGOT status, meaning he would have won an Emmy, a Grammy, and Oscar and a Tony.

Only 12 other performers have done this previously, including Whoopi Goldberg, and Legend, shortlisted for his title role in Jesus Christ Superstar would be the first black man to do so.

Among the other stars nominated for an Emmy for the first time are Black Mirror’s Letitia Wright (supporting actress in a limited series or a television movie), Issa Rae, who has secured a nomination for her role in hit HBO comedy Insecure, and Zazie Beetz of Donald Glover’s Emmy award-winning comedy Atlanta. Kenan Thompson has also been nominated for this first time for his work on Saturday Night Live.

Wright reacted to the news on Twitter. She said: “I’m so thankful to be nominated! Thank you The Emmys.”

The Black Panther star thanked her Black Mirror team, the show’s creator Charlton Brooker and everyone who has supported the show.

She added: “God bless you guys! Thank you!”

Other nominees include Regina King for her role in Netflix’s cancelled seriesSeven Seconds, Anthony Anderson and Donald Glover – who are both competing for the lead actor in a comedy series award, Tracee Elliss Ross (lead actress in a comedy series), Sterling K Brown of This Is Us (lead actor in a drama series), Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess – both up for supporting actor in a comedy series.

Among the shows in with a shot of walking away with an award are RuPaul’s Drag Race (reality/competition series), The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (variety talk series).

In the comedy category Black-ish and Atlanta, both TV shows which explore the black experience in America and demonstrate its diversity, albeit in very different ways, have been nominated.

Flint, a feature length drama based on the true story of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, starring Queen Latifah, is up for an award in the television movie category. It’s up against Fahrenheit 451, Paterno, The Tale and USS Callister (Black Mirror).

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