“EGOT” stands for the big four awards in the entertainment industry: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
Singer / Actor John Legend, Composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Author and Lyricist Sir Tim Rice won an Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday for producing the best variety special winner, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”
John Legend, who also starred in the variety special wrote:
“Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories, Sirs Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and I joined that group when we won an Emmy for our production of their legendary show Jesus Christ Superstar. So happy to be part of this team. So honored they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. So amazed to be in such rarefied air.”
NBC’s live version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” win for best live variety special on Sunday means Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice have Emmys to go with their Tonys, Grammys and their Oscars — the four biggest prizes in show business.
VIDEO FLASHBACK: The Cast Kicks Off the Show — Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert:
Lloyd Webber and Rice have already won Tonys (“Evita” and “Sunset Boulevard”), Grammys (“Cats,” ”Evita”) and an Oscar for “You Must Love Me” from “Evita.” Legend has won 10 Grammys and in 2015 he scored an Oscar for his song “Glory” from the movie “Selma.” Last year, he won a Tony for Best Revival of a Play as a co-producer of “Jitney.” Legend, who played Jesus in the concert version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and won his Emmy as a co-producer of the show, is also gunning for an acting Emmy.
Two other songwriters were also one Emmy away from the EGOT on Sunday: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, whose song “In the Market for a Miracle” appeared in “A Christmas Story Live!” They previously won an Oscar for “La La Land,” and a Tony and a Grammy for “Dear Evan Hansen.” But their bid for EGOT status was derailed when the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics went to “Saturday Night Live” and their song “Come Back Barack” when Chance the Rapper was hosting.
The special trio of Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice — officially the 13th, 14th and 15th members of the EGOT club — join an elite group of winners that includes Robert Lopez, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mike Nichols, Scott Rudin and Mel Brooks.
This is the first time that more than two people have achieved an EGOT in a single calendar year.
Backstage after the win, Legend said, “When I got into the music business it was a dream of mine to win Grammys and have plenty of success as a musician and sell lots of records and tour around the world as a performer, but I never had a dream of winning an EGOT, I didn’t even know what that was at the time.”
He went on to credit his new achievement on “huge collaborative efforts,” thanking Ava DuVernay and Common for working together on writing the song for “Selma” and his team for his theater and musical success. He added, “Tonight, it’s about ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and the reason we won tonight is because first of all, Andrew and Tim created some beautiful work, and we had the privilege of performing that on television.”
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Finally, Cheers to Lin-Manuel Miranda! Wishing him the best! Once he receives an Oscar, he will complete the trio with Richard Rodgers and Marvin Hamlisch as #PEGOT winners!