Singer John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Sir Tim Rice Sunday became the 13th, 14th and 15th individuals to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competition by receiving Emmys as executive producers of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”
The concert that aired on NBC on Easter night received the Emmy for outstanding live variety special on the final night of the two-night Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater.
“When I got into the music business, it was a dream of mine to win Grammys, have success as a musician, sell lots of records and tour around the world as a performer, but I never dreamed of winning an EGOT,” Legend said backstage, referring to the acronym coined by “Miami Vice” co-star Philip Michael Thomas coined in 1984, referring to the awards.
“I didn’t know what it was at the time. The projects that we’ve done to get the EGOT have been huge collaborative efforts.”
Legend won a best original song Oscar in 2015 for writing “Glory” with the rapper Common for the film “Selma.” His Tony came as a co-producer of “Jitney,” which was honored for best revival of a play in 2017.
“For the Tony, my (Get Lifted Film Company) team … they’re out there looking for great content and making sure we attach ourselves to things we really believe in,” Legend said.
Legend received the first of his 10 Grammys in 2006 as best new artist and for best rhythm and blues album for “Get Lifted.”
Legend, born John Roger Stephens, is the first black man to win all four of show business’ top awards in competition.
Actress Whoopi Goldberg was the first black person to do so when she won a Tony in 2002 as a producer of the best musical winner, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Quincy Jones also have received all four awards, but their Oscars were not in competition.
The 39-year-old Legend is the second-youngest person to join the EGOT club.
Songwriter Robert Lopez is the youngest. He was one week past his 39th birthday when he won a best original song Oscar in 2014 for “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”
The 12 years Legend took from his first award to complete the cycle is the second quickest, also behind Lopez, who took 10 years.
Legend is also a nominee for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for his portrayal of Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.” That award will be presented Sept. 17 at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, also at the Microsoft Theater.
After first saying it was “fantastic” to join the EGOT ranks, Lloyd Webber joked that he thought during the ceremony “what could I simply win if we don’t win for this? Outstanding hair dresser?”
Lloyd Webber said the award “wouldn’t have been possible without” fellow “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” executive producer Craig Zadan.
Zadan died Aug. 20 died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery at age 69.
Rice said he was “thrilled” to complete the collection of top entertainment industry awards.
“It’s nice. It’s better than not,” Rice said.
Lloyd Webber and Rice won a best original song Oscar in 1997 for “You Must Love Me” from Evita. Lloyd Webber has won six Tonys in competition, plus a lifetime achievement award, and four Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award.
Rice has won five Grammys and three Tonys.
The songwriting duo and composing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul had a chance to join the EGOT club, but they failed to win for outstanding original music and lyrics for “In The Market For A Miracle” from Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!”
The award went to Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson and Will Stephen who wrote the lyrics and Eli Brueggemann who wrote the music for “Come Back Barack” on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
RuPaul of VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won for outstanding host for a reality or reality competition program for the third consecutive year.
The other nominees were Jane Lynch of NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night,” the 2014 and 2015 winner; Ellen DeGeneres of NBC’s “Ellen’s Game of Games”; W. Kamau Bell of CNN’s “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell,” and the entry of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn of Lifetime’s Project Runway, the 2013 winners.
Anthony Bourdain posthumously received Emmys as an executive producer and the host of CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” which won for outstanding information series or special and for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program.
Longtime HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins increased her record total of Primetime Emmys to 31 as executive producer of “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” which one for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special.
English broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough won for best narrator for “Blue Planet II,” which aired on BBC America, winning in a field that also included Morgan Freeman and Carl Reiner.
“Saturday Night Live” was Sunday’s top winner with seven Emmys, followed by “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” with five each and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with four.
NBC was first among networks and streaming services with 11 Emmys, followed by CNN with eight and Netflix with six.
Variety, animation, nonfiction, reality competition programming were honored Sunday, along with music, choreography, documentary or nonfiction specials and informational series or specials.
The awards were for programs that initially aired between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018.
The opening night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Saturday was for scripted, animated and streamed short-form programming.
Awards in the top 26 categories in comedy, drama, limited and variety sketch and talk series will be presented at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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