Music News: John Legend gets an EGOT

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John Legend at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.
John Legend at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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The EGOT club has added its 13th, 14th, and 15th members: singer-songwriter John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and lyricist Tim Rice. The three had all previously won Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys; their Emmy wins came on Sunday night at the Creative Arts Emmys, at which their special Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert won five awards including Best Live Variety Special. Legend starred in the special; Lloyd Webber and Rice wrote the show it was based on. This year's remaining Emmys will be awarded in a televised ceremony next Monday, Sept. 17.

Previous EGOT winners include Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, and Whoopi Goldberg. Legend is the first EGOT winner to be best-known as a pop recording artist. He has 10 Grammys, one Oscar (for 2015's "Glory," from Selma), and one Tony (as co-producer of the 2017 Jitney revival). (New York Times)

Moonves is out at CBS

Les Moonves has stepped down after 15 years at the head of CBS. The executive's resignation came in the wake of a dozen women accusing Moonves of sexual harassment. Moonves could walk away with over $100 million in severance, but the network says it's donating $20 million to organizations supporting workplace equality. Recently, the Huffington Post reported that Moonves worked to stymie Janet Jackson's career after the 2004 Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction." (New York Times)

Cardi B/Nicki Minaj beef gets physical

Superstar rapper Cardi B was escorted out of a New York Fashion Week party on Friday night after apparently coming to blows with Nicki Minaj. Cardi B walked out with a visible bruise on her head, and published an Instagram post alluding to the incident and suggested it "was sparked because her mothering skills were being disparaged," reports the Associated Press.

SXSW headline speakers announced

Shirley Manson (Garbage) and Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) will jointly deliver a keynote address at next spring's SXSW. The subject of the address hasn't been announced, but both women have been outspoken about sexism and harassment in the music industry. CHVRCHES have just released their third studio album, Love is Dead, and Garbage are on a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album Version 2.0. (Rolling Stone)

Remembering Mac Miller

Rapper Mac Miller died on Friday at age 26. His family declined to discuss the cause of his death, which many media reports have identified as an apparent drug overdose.

Although Miller wasn't a household name, he was a popular artist who was widely respected in the hip-hop community; in the wake of his death, artists from Chance the Rapper to Childish Gambino to Questlove paid tribute to his artistry. A Pittsburgh native, Miller had a precocious start although his recorded output was uneven. His 2011 debut album Blue Slide Park became the first independent debut LP to hit number one on the Billboard 200 since Tha Dogg Pound hit that mark in 1995 — but the album infamously garnered a devastating 1.0 (out of 10) rating from Billboard.

Miller's critical respect, peer respect, and commercial success grew in succeeding years, with fans and peers saying they respected his honesty and his commitment to artistic growth. He became widely known in pop culture when he dated Ariana Grande, a relationship that ended in part due to his struggles with addiction. (New York Times)

The rapper's latest album "Swimming, released in August," notes the New Yorker, "was a dispatch from a young man embracing his own mysteries. The album seemed to invite an eventual follow-up, a chronicling of the adrift artist reaching some shore. He was supposed to start a tour in October."

Paul McCartney "surprises" Grand Central

Paul McCartney celebrated the Friday release of his new album Egypt Station with a "surprise" performance at Grand Central Station, live-streamed on his YouTube account. Only about 200 people squeezed in for the show — among them Meryl Streep, Chris Rock, and Jon Bon Jovi. "He was in a fantastic mood all evening," reports Rolling Stone, mixing selections from the new album with Beatles classics like "A Hard Day's Night," "I Saw Her Standing There," and, for only the second time ever as a solo artist, "From Me to You."


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
Garbage: "Push It"
Mac Miller: "Self Care"
John Legend and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert cast: "The Temple"
Paul McCartney: "A Hard Day's Night"


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