It was a big night when it came to those of us who track those in the entertainment industry who have taken home a coveted EGOT. For those unaware, an EGOT is when an entertainer wins an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony in their lifetime. All of the awards are supposed to be won in-competition. The concept was popularized by Tracy Jordan in “30 Rock” from NBC, as the character tried to make his dream a reality. Since then, the phrase has quickly spread to pop culture, with several winners taking home the honor over the past few years. Yet last night, three legends received their EGOT at the same time. With “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” winning Outstanding Variety Special, John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice all completed their EGOT.
Legend becomes the first African-American male to obtain the prize. He’s the second youngest entertainer to accomplish the feat at 39 years old and 255 days, only trailing Robert Lopez who won his Oscar to complete the EGOT at 39 years and 7 days. Legend won his Oscar for writing “Glory” in “Selma,” a Tony for reviving “Jitney” in 2017, and has 10 Grammys.
Rice is a 3-time Oscar winner for “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and “Evita” in 1996 with Webber. They each won their first Tonys and Grammys for the Broadway productions of “Evita” as well. Together, they’ve helped to craft many of the most popular musicals in Broadway history. This includes, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and of course “Evita” in 1980.
It’s great to see so many legends receive their due in one go. Regardless of whether or not EGOT was on the line, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” was phenomenal. The fact that we get to reward three legends just makes it sweeter.