Rapper Common is One Step Away from EGOT Status After Earning First Emmy for ‘13th’

We can’t be the only ones who have noticed that good things come to rapper Common when he and director Ava DuVernay collaborate. The pair is no stranger to making magic when they create together. In fact, their first collaborative effort led to “Glory,” a song the rapper made that would be the theme for DuVernay’s feature biopic Selma.

Not all entertainers can claim EGOT status. An EGOT is an acronym that references a person who wins all four awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. In fact, it’s an accomplishment that only 12 people in the business have managed to obtain, including Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, and Whoopi Goldberg. And now Common is only a letter away.

With 2015’s “Glory,” Common was granted his first Oscar. Deadline reports that the musician has another project receiving a prestigious accolade, thanks in part to DuVernay. This past Saturday night (September 9), Common received his first Emmy for the song “Letter to the Free” created for DuVernay’s Netflix documentary film 13th. The win was one of four awards that documentary received that night.

“I want to thank God first and foremost,” Common said at the ceremony. “Any time I get a chance to work with Ava DuVernay it leads to something positive, something strong.”

Common also made mention of the importance of the subject that DuVernay explored in the creation of her documentary. 13th is a documentary that explores legalized slavery through what is called our modern-day justice system. It led to him being exposed to young men in the prison system. “Her work has led me to go to prisons in California and talk to the prisoners,” he said. “I met some of the most humane people ever…. I was enlightened in my life in the way that I haven’t been in a long time.”

“Hollywood can we change this? Can we figure out what’s going on in our communities and change this situation that’s going on? So I take this for all of those who are incarcerated.”

So how does the artist feel about earning that Tony to finish the quartet? “Yes, it’s on my mind… (EGOT) would be a blessing,” he admitted.

“I wanted to go to Broadway before I won any awards; I would love to do theater.”

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