The singer, known for hits such as "Love Song", "Brave", and "She Use To Be Mine," stole the stage in NBC's live musical production. Playing Mary Magdalene in the '70s rock opera — which is a humorous, fast and loose interpretation of the last week of Jesus's life — Bareilles surprised America with her prowess on stage.
However, this isn't the first time Bareilles has shown off her acting chops; musical theater fans will recognize her from her amazing turn as Jenna in the Broadway musical adaptation of the movie Waitress, which starred Keri Russell, a fellow Emmy nominee this year, as the film's lead. And Bareilles didn't just lend her acting skills to the adaptation, she also wrote the score of the show, which garnered her Tony and Grammy nominations in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
This Emmy nomination means that Bareilles is capable of pulling off an EGOT in the future — she now has one Emmy nom, two Tony noms, and four Grammy noms (three for her previous work as a recording artist) — but she still has a long way to go, mainly beating out the very stiff competition to actually bring some of this gloriously shiny hardware home. This will prove to be a tough feat. In the Emmys, Bareilles will be facing off against Penelope Cruz, Leticia Wright, Judith Light, Merritt Wever, and Adina Porter, who all gave standout performances of their own. We'll have to wait until September to find out if Bareilles can start her true EGOT journey, but trust that the Emmys race will heated.
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 17 at 8/7c on NBC.