John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice become newest EGOTs with Emmy win

Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmys saw the crowning of three new EGOT winners, with John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice becoming the latest to win the industry’s biggest four awards.

All three earned the coveted title by winning an Emmy for best variety special for NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert,” with Legend as producer and Lloyd Webber and Rice as the composer and lyricist of the original 1970 musical. 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 youngest to do so as well as the first black man.

This is the first time that more than two people have achieved an EGOT in a single calendar year. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul were also in the running for achieving an EGOT on Sunday, but lost their Emmy category for original song for the the TV version of “A Christmas Story.”

Legend, who is also nominated for his titular performance in the limited series/TV movie lead actor category at the Primetime Emmys, has won 10 Grammy awards, one Oscar (in 2015 for best original song) and one Tony (for best revival, just last year).

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COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 17: John Legend performs on stage at the AXE Senior Orientation on October 17, 2017, at Centennial High School, Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Axe)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: John Legend is seen at Los Angeles International Airport on October 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG022/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LISBON, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 14: Singer John Legend performs in concert at Meo Arena on October 14, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Redferns)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 04: John Legend performs at AccorHotels Arena on October 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 04: Singer John Legend is seen on October 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 03: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the Miu Miu aftershow party as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 at Boum Boum on October 3, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend seen leaving a hotel with their daughter Luna on September 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen with their daughter Luna, seen heading out to lunch on September 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are seen at LAX on August 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Niceguy/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: (L-R) John Legend and Hunter Klugkist speak onstage at the announcement of the AXE Senior Orientation program on August 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Axe)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 5th annual Beautycon festival at Los Angeles Convention Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11: Singer-songwriter John Legend practices yoga before surprising an unsuspecting mom in a class to introduce Capri Sun All Natural Ingredient and No Sugar Added products on August 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Capri Sun)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: John Legend attends INTERMIX x A.L.C 'On Duty' Launch Dinner with Chrissy Teigen at Jon and Vinny's on August 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, Californi (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for INTERMIX x A.L.C)
NEWPORT, RI - JULY 22: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen look on during the Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 22, 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images for the International Tennis Hall of Fame)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: John Legend performs onstage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca Cola at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Singer-songwriter John Legend poses in the press room at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca Cola at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival)
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen attend the 2017 Tony Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 6: With the help of mother Chrissy Teigen, center, and father John Legend, Luna Stephens throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners before a game between the Minnesota Twins and the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 6, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 12-3. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Singer John Legend arrives at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Recording artist John Legend performs onstage during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/BBMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Singer/Songwriter John Legend speaks onstage during the 4th Annual Town & Country Philanthropy Summit at Hearst Tower on May 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Town & Country)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Singer John Legend speaks during Close Rikers & Free America: Power Of The People discussion at The New School on May 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Gar�ns:Art of the In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Singer John Legend performs at the MOCA Gala 2017 honoring Jeff Koons at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for MOCA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: John Legend is seen at LAX on April 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are seen walking in Soho on April 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 25: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest John Legend, Kelly Osbourne, Dr John during Tuesday's 4/25/20 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: John Legend attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: John Legend attends the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival 'Rainbow Crow' premier party at the Top of the Standard on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/Getty Images for Baobab Studios)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 25: Singer John Legend attends the Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary at Disneyland Paris on March 25, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14: John Legend at the Power Stylists Dinner, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo, on March 14, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Musician John Legend speaks onstage at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner's TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Model Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Beauty and the Beast' at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: John Legend is seen on March 02, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are seen on February 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by wowcelebritytv/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and musician John Legend arrive at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: John Legend arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
US singer John Legend waves after he performed at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: John Legend performs at the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Singer/songwriter John Legend attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch event at Center415 Event Space on February 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: (L-R) Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, and Aly Raisman attend Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 NYC launch event at Center415 Event Space on February 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Model Chrissy Teigen and musician John Legend attend 'Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees' on February 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
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Backstage after the win, Legend said, “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, but I never had a dream of winning an EGOT, I didn’t even know what that was at the time.”

He went on to credit his new achievement on “huge collaborative efforts,” thanking Ava DuVernay and Common for working together on writing the song for “Selma” and his team for his theater and musical success. He added, “Tonight, it’s about ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and the reason we won tonight is because first of all, Andrew and Tim created some beautiful work, and we had the privilege of performing that on television.”

Lloyd joked that he has 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.” He also gave credit to producer Craig Zadan, who died three weeks ago, for the project’s success.

Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice join previous EGOT winners Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Robert Lopez, Mike Nichols, Scott Rudin and Mel Brooks.

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