Common Becomes First Rapper To Win GRAMMY, Emmy And Oscar
Chicago-bred rapper, actor, and activist Common made history with his Emmy win this past weekend as the first rapper to take home a GRAMMY, an Oscar, and an Emmy in his career.
His latest addition to his awards shelf is the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, for his socially conscious song "Letter to the Free," a track he contributed to the score of the documentary "13th," an Ava DuVernay-directed film exploring racial inequality in the U.S.
Common shared the honor with GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins for their contributions to the song, but the win for Common sets him apart in a category all his own, and is a testament to his versatility and seemingly bottomless talent. The win also puts him one Tony win away from the so-called "EGOT" award (Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar, and Tony), an elite club with only 13 members so far.
“I want to thank God first and foremost,” Common said to Deadline. “Any time I get a chance to work with Ava DuVernay it leads to something positive, something strong.”