John Legend Closer To EGOT Grand Slam With Emmy Nomination

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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.

All three are credited as executive producers on “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” so all will take home Emmys and complete their EGOTs if the program wins.

The other two potential EGOT winners are Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the original musical version of “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.)