Common is now just one Tony Award short of an “EGOT,” that elusive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony win that only 12 people have been able to accomplish in a career.
This past weekend, Common earned the “E” when he nabbed an Emmy Award for his socially conscious track “Letter to the Free,” from Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary, “13th.” With his fresh Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics), Common becomes the first rapper to ever win an Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar.
“I want to thank God first and foremost,” Common said to Deadline. “Anytime I get a chance to work with Ava DuVernay it leads to something positive, something strong.”
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Although I'm honored and excited beyond belief for this award, my motivation for doing this song was from the heart like it always is. This award is for all the incarcerated people in the prison system and for justice. In the words of the late great Phife, "I'll never let a statue tell me how nice I am…". We have more work to do and this is only the beginning. So please don't think for 1 second that my passion for justice stops here. Thank You @televisionacad @netflix @ava @karriemriggins1 @robertglasper @bilalmusic #Elena #Roy #Burnis and everyone involved with this project. #ImagineJustice
Common’s journey toward the history books began in 2002 with his Grammy-winning collaboration with Erykah Badu titled, “Love of My Life.” In 2015, he picked up an Oscar for “Glory,” his track with John Legend from the “Selma” soundtrack.
If he pulls away with a Tony Award, he would join the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Rita Moreno as the 13th entertainer to do achieve the EGOT.
The full list of EGOT winners is below:
1. Richard Rodgers
2. Helen Hayes
3. Rita Moreno
4. John Gielgud
5. Audrey Hepburn
6. Marvin Hamlisch
7. Jonathan Tunick
8. Mel Brooks
9. Mike Nichols
10. Whoopi Goldberg
11. Scott Rudin
12. Robert Lopez
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