Thursday, September 13, 2018

By Steven Herbert

 

LOS ANGELES—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 which 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.

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 complete what "Miami Vice" co-star Philip Michael Thomas coined as an "EGOT" in 1984.

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."

Legend won a best original song Oscar in 2015 for writing "Glory" with the rapper Common for the film "Selma"; received the first of his 10 Grammys in 2006 as best new artist and best rhythm and blues album for "Get Lifted"; and a Tony in 2017 as a co-producer of "Jitney," which was honored for best revival of a play.

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.

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 award for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” 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.

"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.