Entertainment EGOT Explosion: John Legend and 4 Others Could Complete Showbiz Grand Slam on Emmy Night

19:50  12 july  2018
19:50  12 july  2018 Source:   thewrap.com

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John Legend is just an Emmy away from an EGOT . After winning a Tony Award Sunday night for co-producing the revival of August Wilson’s play, Jitney, John Legend is now one letter This could happen if Legend were to win an Emmy for his series Underground, which he executive produces

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The entertainment industry grand slam known as the EGOT is so rare that only 12 people in history have completed it by winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. And no calendar year has seen more than two new EGOT winners.

But that could change this year, because Television Academy voters have nominated five different people who only need an Emmy to complete their EGOT — and three of them could win at the same time if "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" takes home the award in the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) category.

Those three are John Legend, who starred in the title role of the Easter Sunday special on NBC, and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the composer and lyricist of the original 1970 musical.

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Опубликовано: 30 апр. 2018 г. John Legend ('Jesus Christ Superstar') chats with Gold Derby editor Daniel Montgomery about the possibility of reaching the 'rarefied space' of EGOT winners. Only 12 people in history have ever won the grand slam of Emmy , Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

And Legend wouldn’t be the only EGOT winner if “Jesus Christ Superstar” prevails: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice were also producers of the broadcast, and they also need just an Emmy to complete their grand slam .

The other two potential EGOT winners are Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the stage musical version of the holiday film "A Christmas Story" and were nominated for the song "In the Market for a Miracle," a new composition written for the television version.

Legend, Lloyd Webber, Rice, Pasek and Paul are five of the eight living people who only need an Emmy to complete the EGOT. The others are songwriters/composers Elton John, Alan Menken and Stephen Sondheim. (Menken has received a Special Emmy Award, but not a competitive one.)

Legend has 10 Grammys going back to his Best New Artist award in 2006; an Oscar for the song "Glory" from "Selma"; and a Tony for producing the 2017 Broadway revival of "Jitney."

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Only 12 entertainers in the history of Hollywood have won Egot : the showbiz grand slam of Emmy , Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards. NBC’s live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” would give John Legend that distinction if he wins Emmy for acting in and/or producing the program.

That means that of the eight living people who only need an Emmy to complete their EGOT , three could turn the trick if “Superstar” wins for Outstanding Variety Special (Live). (The others are Elton John , Alan Menken, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Stephen Sondheim.)

Pasek and Paul won Oscars and Grammys for "La La Land" and Tonys for "Dear Evan Hansen."

At this point, "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" is considered one of the favorites in the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) category. In recent years, the category, which was formerly called Outstanding Special Class Program, has been won either by a live musical ("Grease: Live" in 2016, "Sweeney Todd (Live From Lincoln Center)" in 2015) or by the Tony Awards (every other year since 2010).

But last year's Tonys were hosted by Kevin Spacey in one of his last appearances before his career collapsed in scandal – and CBS and the American Theatre Wing subsequently opted to not even submit the Tonys, taking a formidable contender out of the running.

The other nominees in the category are the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes telecasts, as well as "The Night of Too Many Stars" autism benefit.

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That leaves him just an Emmy shy of completing the EGOT . 2018 Billboard Music Awards performers: John Legend and Kelly Clarkson join the lineup. EGOT watch: Will John Legend ('Jesus Christ Superstar') wrap up his awards grand slam by winning an…

“I’m excited for the possibility of being in that rare group of people who have won all four of those awards,” says John Legend about the possibility of achieving EGOT this year. Only 12 people in history have ever won the grand slam of Emmy , Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

The current EGOT winners are actors Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn and Whoopi Goldberg, composers/songwriters Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick and Robert Lopez, director Mike Nichols, producer Scott Rudin and writer/composer/actor Mel Brooks.

Interestingly, seven of the 12 previous winners — Rodgers, Moreno, Gielgud, Hepburn, Hamlisch, Nichols and Goldberg — completed their EGOT by winning an Emmy. Hayes and Rudin completed it by winning a Grammy, Brooks and Tunick by winning a Tony and Lopez by winning an Oscar.

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