John Legend
Singer–songwriter, pianist
John Legend
John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, and in 2007, he received the special Starlight award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It is rumoured that in 2001 Legend got his stage name from Grammy Award winning poet Carlyle, after hearing his music in a Kanye West studio session at Record Plant Studios in Hollywood, California.
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John Legend's personal information overview.
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News
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Talk: John Legend Can’t Pretend Times Are Normal
NYTimes - 5 days
The singer and actor on the “La La Land” controversy, forms of resistance and playing the role of Frederick Douglass.
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Celebs Share Their First Date Horror Stories And They're Beyond Awkward
Huffington Post - 11 days
You don’t know a bad first date until you’ve had dinner with a cheek-licker. Just ask Connie Britton.  In the Vanity Fair video above, Britton and other celebs including John Legend and Nick Offerman share their worst first date stories. Britton’s anecdote is particularly bad:  “There was this guy I met who described himself as a sheik from somewhere,” the “Friday Night Lights” star explains. “He ended the night by like, trying to kiss me but then he licked my cheek, so I call him the sheik cheek licker.” Ew. We feel confident in assuming there was no second date. Watch the clip above for more awkward first date stories.  The HuffPost Lifestyle newsletter will make you happier and healthier, one email at a time. Sign up here. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Stories + articlesList=55c8fb6fe4b0923c12bdbe2b,5842a89fe4b0c68e04810e36,58189207e4b0990edc335c75,56b0595ce4b0b8d7c230734b -- This feed and its contents are the ...
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John Legend Takes Care Of A Drunk Chrissy Teigen In Post-Grammys Snapchats
Huffington Post - 13 days
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Justin Timberlake, John Legend to Sing at the Oscars
ABC News - 15 days
Both are nominated for best song.
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Justin Timberlake, Sting and John Legend to perform at Oscars
CNN - 15 days
The Oscars are gearing up to be a night filled with memorable performances.
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Seth Rogen Not-So-Subtly Trolls Donald Trump With James Franco Photo
Huffington Post - 19 days
Seth Rogen is the latest star to poke fun at President Donald Trump. On Monday, the president tweeted, “I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy - yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!”  Rogen wasn’t having it. In response to Trump ― who continually denies knowing Putin despite the fact that he’s been quoted saying he “got to know him very well” when they appeared on “60 Minutes” ― the actor shared the below photo with the caption, “I DO NOT know James Franco. I have NO relationship with him, never worked with him, and the haters are going CRAZY.” I DO NOT know James Franco. I have NO relationship with him, never worked with him, and the haters are going CRAZY. pic.twitter.com/mLGuDfmlhi — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 7, 2017 Rogen’s latest tweet comes one day after he mocked Trump for writing, “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election,” on the soc ...
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John Legend On Talking Politics In Public, Even When It's Hard
NPR - 23 days
"If America doesn't want to consume the art of people who are liberal-minded, there's not gonna be a lot of art for them to consume," the singer tells NPR's David Greene. (Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)
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John Legend calls on producers to take on Trump through films
Reuters.com - 27 days
Singer John Legend comments on U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policies while attending the Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, in a show overshadowed by politics.
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John Legend Speaks Out Against Trump's Syrian Refugee And Travel Ban
Huffington Post - 28 days
John Legend is speaking out against Donald Trump, yet again. During last night’s Producers Guild of America Awards, Legend used his moment on stage ― he was presenting a clip from “La La Land” ― to oppose the president’s recent executive order. The order, signed on Friday, aimed to block Syrian refugees from entering the country and temporarily ban travelers coming from several Muslim-majority countries. (Parts of the order have been temporarily halted after the American Civil Liberties Union filed action in federal court.) “Los Angeles is the home of so many immigrants, so many creative people, so many dreamers,” Legend said. “Our America is big, it is free, and it is open to dreamers of all races, all countries, all religions. Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump. I want to specifically tonight reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that.” “My wife and I were a little bit conflicted about being here tonight when ...
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Bee Gees to be honored with tribute concert
Fox News - 29 days
The Recording Academy and CBS will pay tribute to the Bee Gees two days after the Grammys with a concert featuring a range of artists, including Celine Dion, Andra Day, John Legend and Keith Urban.The show, "Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees," will mark the 40th anniversary of the pop legends' soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever," according to a joint announcement released Friday.
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Bee Gees, 'Saturday Night Fever' to get 40th anniversary Grammy salute
LATimes - 30 days
Disco lives. John Legend, Andra Day, Celine Dion and other pop, R&B, rock and country stars will pay homage to the Bee Gees and the group’s blockbuster 1977 soundtrack album “Saturday Night Fever” in an all-star Grammy Awards-related salute from the Recording Academy, CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures. ...
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Hope Permeates Sundance As Celebrities Join Thousands For Women's March
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Legend
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 37
    In 2016, Legend co-signed a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon calling for a more humane drug policy, along with people such as Richard Branson, Jane Fonda and George Shultz.
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  • 2015
    Age 36
    On February 1, 2015, he sang "America the Beautiful" in the opening ceremony of Super Bowl XLIX.
    More Details Hide Details He provided guest vocals on Kelly Clarkson's song "Run Run Run" for her album Piece by Piece. He also co-wrote and provided vocals for French DJ David Guetta's song "Listen", as part of the album Listen.
  • 2013
    Age 34
    He released his fourth studio album, Love in the Future, on September 3, 2013, debuting number 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 68,000 copies in its first week. The album was nominated for Best R&B album at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Legend's third single from the album, "All of Me", became an international chart success, peaking the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks and reaching the top of six national charts and the top ten in numerous other countries, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. It was ranked the third best-selling song in the United States and the United Kingdom during 2014. The song is a ballad dedicated to his wife, Chrissy Teigan, and was performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2014, Legend paired with the rapper Common to write the song "Glory", featured in the film Selma, which chronicled the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. The song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song as well as the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Legend and Common performed "Glory" at the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, 2015.
    On June 1, 2013, Legend performed at Gucci's global concert event in London whose campaign, "Chime For Change", aims to raise awareness of women's issues in education, health and justice.
    More Details Hide Details At a press conference before his performance, Legend identified himself as a feminist saying, "All men should be feminists. If men care about women's rights the world will be a better place."
  • 2012
    Age 33
    Duets debuted on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 8/7c.
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    On March 6, 2012, John Legend was appointed by the World Economic Forum to the Forum of Young Global Leaders.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Legend stopped by Children's Hospital Los Angeles for a surprise visit and acoustic performance as a part of Get Well Soon Tour.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    After four years of dating, Legend became engaged to model Chrissy Teigen on December 2011. They married on September 14, 2013, in Como, Italy.
    More Details Hide Details In 2016, the couple had a daughter named Luna Simone Stephens. Collaborations
    In 2011, he contributed the track "Love I've Never Known" to the Red Hot Organization's most recent album Red Hot+Rio 2.
    More Details Hide Details The album is a follow-up to the 1996 "Red Hot+Rio." Proceeds from the album sales will be donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues.
    In February 2011, Legend won three prizes at the 53rd Annual Grammy Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details He was awarded Best R&B Song for "Shine", while he and The Roots won Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hang On in There". In March 2011, Legend and The Roots won two NAACP Image Awards – one for Outstanding Album (Wake Up!) and one for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration. On July 5, 2011, songwriter Anthony Stokes filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against John Legend in United States District Court, in the District of New Jersey, alleging that Legend's song "Maxine's Interlude" from his 2006 album Once Again derives from Stokes' demo "Where Are You Now". Stokes claimed he gave Legend a demo of the song in 2004 following a concert at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Legend denied the allegations, telling E! Online, "I never heard of his song until he sued me. I would never steal anyone's song. We will fight it in court and we will prevail." However, nearly 60,000 people took a TMZ.com poll that compared the two songs and 65% of voters believed that Legend's "Maxine's Interlude" is a rip-off of Stokes' "Where Are You Now". A year later, Legend confirmed that he settled the lawsuit with Stokes for an undisclosed amount.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    On September 9, 2010, he performed "Coming Home" on the Colbert Report as a tribute song for the end of combat operations in Iraq, and for the active troops and the veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
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    On September 8, 2010, John Legend joined the national board of Teach For America.
    More Details Hide Details Legend also sits on the boards of The Education Equality Project, the Harlem Village Academies, and Stand for Children. He serves on the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board.
    On January 22, 2010, he performed "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" on the Hope for Haiti Now telethon show.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    In 2009, Legend gave AIDS Service Center NYC permission to remix his song "If You're Out There" to create a music video promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and testing.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    In early 2008, he began touring with Alexus Ruffin and Professor Jeff Sachs of Columbia University's Earth Institute to promote sustainable development as an achievable goal.
    More Details Hide Details Legend joined Sachs as a keynote speaker and performer at the inaugural Millennium Campus Conference. Legend then joined the Board of Advisors of the Millennium Campus Network (MCN), and has aided MCN programs through online support and funding fellowships for MCN summer interns through the Show Me Campaign.
  • 2007
    Age 28
    In October 2007, Legend became involved with a project sponsored by The Gap, a retail clothing store chain in the United States.
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    Also in 2007, Legend was the spokesman for GQ Magazine's "Gentlemen's Fund", an initiative to raise support and awareness for five cornerstones essential to men: opportunity, health, education, environment, and justice.
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    After reading Professor Jeffrey Sachs' book The End of Poverty, Legend started his Show Me Campaign in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In this campaign, Legend called on his fans to help him in his initiative for residents in Bosaso Village, Somalia and non-profit organizations partnered with the campaign.
    On July 7, 2007, Legend participated in the Live Earth concert in London, performing "Ordinary People".
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    In May 2007, Legend partnered with Tide laundry detergent to raise awareness about the need of families in St. Bernard Parish, (Chalmette, Louisiana), one of the most devastated areas hit by Hurricane Katrina; he spent a day folding laundry at the Tide "clean start" mobile laundromat and visited homes that Tide is helping to rebuild in that community.
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    At the 2007 Grammy Awards ceremony, the song "Heaven" was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, while lead single "Save Room" received a nod in the Best Male Pop Vocal category.
    More Details Hide Details Legend won a second Grammy that year for "Family Affair," a collaboration with Sly & The Family Stone, Joss Stone and Van Hunt, for the former's Different Strokes by Different Folks album. In January 2008, Legend sang in a video for Barack Obama, produced by will.i.am called "Yes We Can". The same year, Legend had a supporting, singing-only role in the 2008 movie Soul Men, where he plays the deceased lead singer of a fictitious soul group that includes Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac. In October, he released his third studio album, Evolver. Speaking about the reasons for calling the album Evolver, he stated: "I think people sometimes come to expect certain things from certain artists. They expect you to kind of stay in the same place you were at when you started out. Whereas I feel I want my career to be defined by the fact that I'm NOT gonna stay in the same place, and that I'm always gonna try new things and experiment. So, as I think this album represents a manifestation of that, I came up with the title 'Evolver'." The album was preceded by dance-pop-influenced uptempo single "Green Light" which featured rapper Andre 3000 of OutKast and became his highest-charting single since "Ordinary People"; it was also released for the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    In October 2006, Legend's second album, Once Again, was released.
    More Details Hide Details Legend co-wrote and co-produced the bulk of the album, which saw him reteaming with West and will.i.am but also spawned production from Raphael Saadiq, Craig Street, Sa-Ra, Eric Hudson, Devo Springsteen, Dave Tozer and Avenue. Released to major commercial success, it reached number three on the Billboard 200 and debuted on top of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA, and reached gold status in Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
    He also performed during the pregame show of Super Bowl XL in Detroit and the halftime show at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.
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    In August 2006, Legend appeared in an episode of Sesame Street.
    More Details Hide Details He performed a song entitled "It Feels Good When You Sing a Song", a duet with Hoots the Owl.
    Critically acclaimed, it won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, and earned Legend another two nominal awards for Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
    More Details Hide Details Altogether, the album produced four singles, including debut single "Used to Love U," which entered the top 30 of the New Zealand and UK Singles Chart, and Grammy Award-winning "Ordinary People" which peaked at 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. John Legend also co-wrote Janet Jackson's "I Want You", which was certified platinum and received a nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. A highly sought after collaborator, Legend was featured on several records the following years. He appeared on albums by Fort Minor, Sérgio Mendes, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, The Black Eyed Peas, Stephen Colbert, Rich Boy, MSTRKRFT, Chemistry, and Fergie, among others. Legend also tentatively worked with Michael Jackson on a future album for which he had written one song.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted, on GOOD Music in December 2004.
    More Details Hide Details It featured production by Kanye West, Dave Tozer, and will.i.am, and debuted at number 7 on the US Billboard 200, selling 116,000 copies in its first week. It went on to sell 540,300 copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA. An international success, Get Lifted also reached number one of the Norwegian Albums Chart and peaked within the top ten in the Netherlands and Sweden, resulting in worldwide sales of 850,000 copies.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    In 2001, Devo Springsteen introduced Legend to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West; Legend was hired to sing during the hooks of West's music.
    More Details Hide Details After signing to West's label, he chose his stage name from an idea that was given to him by poet J. Ivy, due to what he perceived as an "old-school sound". J. Ivy stated, "I heard your music and it reminds me of that music from the old school. You sound like one of the legends. As a matter of fact, that's what I'm going to call you from now on! I'm going to call you John Legend." After J. Ivy continued to call him by the new moniker "John Legend," others quickly caught on, including Kanye West. Despite Legend's reluctance to change his stage name, he eventually announced his new artist name as John Legend.
  • 1999
    Age 20
    During this period, he began to hold a number of shows around Philadelphia, eventually expanding his audience base to New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. He graduated college in 1999, and thereafter began producing, writing, and recording his own music.
    More Details Hide Details He released two albums independently; his self-titled demo (2000) and Live at Jimmy's Uptown (2001), which he sold at his shows. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Legend began working as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. He subsequently began working on his demo and began sending his work to various record labels.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1998
    Age 19
    While in college, Legend served as president and musical director of a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group called Counterparts. His lead vocals on the group's recording of Joan Osborne's "One of Us" received critical acclaim landing the song on the track list of the 1998 Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD.
    More Details Hide Details Legend was also a member of the prestigious senior societies Sphinx Senior Society and Onyx Senior Honor Society while an undergraduate at Penn. While in college, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill by a friend. Hill hired him to play piano on "Everything Is Everything", a song from her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Legend was born on December 28, 1978, in Springfield, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details He is one of four children of Phyllis Elaine (née Lloyd), a seamstress, and Ronald Lamar Stephens, a factory worker and former National Guardsman. Throughout his childhood, Legend was homeschooled on and off by his mother. At the age of four, he performed with his church choir. He began playing the piano at age seven. At the age of twelve, Legend attended North High School, from which he graduated salutatorian of his class four years later. According to Legend, he was offered admission to Harvard University and scholarships to Georgetown University and Morehouse College. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English with an emphasis on African-American literature.
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