Before Sunday's Creative Arts Emmys were handed out, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award, or EGOT. Then John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice won Emmys for NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert — Webber wrote the music, Rice the lyrics, and Legend produced the TV version of their musical — and became EGOTs No. 13, 14, and 15. Legend also became the first black man to conquer the EGOT and the youngest winner.
"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," Legend said afterward, "but I never had a dream of winning an EGOT, I didn't even know what that was at the time." He has won 10 Grammys, an Oscar, and a Tony.
No more than two people have ever achieved an EGOT in the same calendar year before, Variety says, and if Benj Pasek and Justin Paul had won best original song for the musical TV version of A Christmas Story, they would have made five EGOTs in one night. The other 12 EGOT winners are Mel Brooks, Marvin Hamlisch, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, John Gielgud, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Lopez, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols, Richard Rodgers, Scott Rudin, and Jonathan Tunick. Peter Weber