I woke up this morning smelling something strange on the air. Then I read the news and realized what it was I was smelling: freshly minted EGOTs (tangy!). According to Variety, three new EGOTs were born at last night’s Creative Arts Emmys, all thanks to Jesus Christ Superstar, Live In Concert. John Legend, Sir Andrew LLoyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice all reached that milestone few can boast. John won for producing the JCS for television, ALW and Tim won for composer and lyricist for the show they wrote back in 1970. It’s unusual for people to EGOT together like they did. Usually one person EGOTs first, and then helps their partner EGOT. And three people EGOTing at the same time, is, well it’s kind of impressive.
They became just the 13th, 14th, and 15th people in history to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, and Legend made history as the first black man to do so. And at 39, he tied Robert Lopez as the youngest man to do so (Lopez earned the first of his two EGOTs in 2014).
If you’re not EGOTing by the time you’re 40, what are you even doing with your life? And John’s not finished yet. He may have another bullet left in the chamber.
Legend, who is also nominated for his title performance in the limited series/TV movie lead actor category at the Primetime Emmys, has won 10 Grammy awards, one Oscar (in 2015 for original song) and one Tony (for revival, just last year).
Sir ALW said that he’s relieved he finally made it, and that he “spent this afternoon thinking what could I possibly win for if I don’t win this, outstanding hairdresser? I was getting very worried but it’s fantastic”. I guess the Emmy is hard get when you spend your days writing corny songs about cats suffering from ennui and talking trains on roller skates.
John spent his EGOT morning making breakfast for his wife.
egot cakes pic.twitter.com/Sz9D3kJ7Fr
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 10, 2018
Sir ALW had this to say.
I’m honored that the Television Academy recognized this wonderful production of Superstar. While I celebrate this award with my colleagues especially my dear friend Tim Rice, we would not be here without the guidance of Craig Zadan whose recent passing we continue to mourn. – ALW
— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) September 10, 2018
And sounds like Tim isn’t sure what all the EGOT fuss is about. Here he is stealing Philip Michael Thomas’ dream and not seeming to give a fig.
Thanks to all for messages re EGOT thingy. Also delighted for @OfficialALW and brilliant @johnlegend . Had to break news to John that we did not have him in mind when we wrote it in 1969-70. Also thanks to all the NBC JCS team esp. @neilmeron and late @craigzadan
— Sir Tim Rice (@SirTimRice) September 10, 2018
John may be one of the youngest EGOTs, but sharing it with two knights must be humbling. Good thing he’s already a legend (sorry, it was impossible not to do that in this context).