Prolific composer Alan Menken has won an astonishing eight Oscars, 11 Grammys and a Tony Award, but the Emmy that would make him only the 13th member of the exclusive EGOT club — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner — has been surprisingly elusive. In fact, he has only been nominated twice, including this year. His first nom came with the short-lived sitcom The Neighbors in 2013 for a song called “More or Less the Kind of Thing You May or May Not See on Broadway.” This year (with co-writer Glen Slater) he received his second nomination — and second shot at the EGOT — for a tune from the canceled ABC musical sitcom Galavant called “A New Season” in the Original Music and Lyrics category. It is perhaps the only Emmy-nominated song ever to have a lyric lamenting the fact about a past Emmy-losing song.
That could get the attention of voters in the music branch for its own cheeky attitude. Competition is tough, though. Diane Warren is nominated in the category for her Grammy- and Oscar-losing song, “Til It Happens to You”, the powerful anti-rape anthem from the documentary The Hunting Ground. She is the first songwriter to be nominated for an Oscar, Grammy and Emmy in the same year for the same song. Perhaps that is not as impressive as being a potential EGOT winner, but it makes for an interesting race in this category that will be presented at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony the weekend of September 10. If Menken loses, he can console himself with the possibility there wouldn’t be any room for an Emmy on his awards shelf anyway.
Check out this featurette with Menken’s song and his comments about the trials and tribulations of turning out the kind of material a weekly TV comedy musical series requires. Just click on the above video.