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John Legend
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Legend during an interview in February 2019
Born
John Roger Stephens

(1978-12-28) December 28, 1978 (age 40)
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
  • keyboardist
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)
Chrissy Teigen (m. 2013)
Children2
Awards List of awards and nominations
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Labels
Associated acts
Website johnlegend.com

John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, activist, piano player, and actor. Prior to the release of Legend's debut album, Get Lifted , (2004) he had collaborated with already established artists and signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music. Legend has sung on Jay-Z's "Encore", Alicia Keys's "You Don't Know My Name", Dilated Peoples' "This Way", Slum Village's "Selfish", Fort Minor's "High Road", and played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything". Legend's single "All of Me" from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013) was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit.

<i>Get Lifted</i> 2004 studio album by John Legend

Get Lifted is the debut studio album by American singer John Legend, released by GOOD Music, Sony Urban Music, and Columbia Records on December 28, 2004 in the United States. Featuring production by Legend's then-manager, Kanye West, as well as Dave Tozer, will.i.am, and Devo Springsteen. The album sold over three million units worldwide, with a total of 2.1 million copies in the U.S., where it was certified double platinum. The album won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, and earned Legend another two awards, for Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his single "Ordinary People".

Kanye West American rapper, singer, and record producer from Illinois

Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, baroque pop, electro, indie rock, synth-pop, industrial, and gospel. Over the course of his career, West has been responsible for cultural movements and progressions within mainstream hip hop and popular music at large.

GOOD Music record label

GOOD Music is an American record label founded by rapper Kanye West in 2004. In 2015, Pusha T was appointed the president of the label by West.

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In 2007, Legend received the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. [1] Legend won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award in 2015 for co-writing the song "Glory" from the film Selma . He has also won ten Grammy Awards. In 2017, Legend received a Tony Award for co-producing Jitney for the Broadway stage. [2] In 2018, Legend portrayed Jesus Christ in the NBC adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar . He received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his acting role, and won for his role as a producer of the show, making him one of 15 people and the first black man to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. [3] [4] Legend is also the second youngest to achieve the EGOT status.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and music publisher/songwriter Abe Olman and publisher/executive Howie Richmond to honor those whose work represents and maintains the heritage and legacy of a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world's popular music songbook. It not only celebrates these established songwriters, but is also involved on the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. There are many programs designed to teach and discover new songwriters. Nile Rodgers serves as the organization's chairman.

The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given annually to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is presented to the songwriters who have composed the best original song written specifically for a film. The performers of a song are not credited with the Academy Award unless they contributed either to music, lyrics or both in their own right. The songs that are nominated for this award are performed during the ceremony and before this award is presented.

The Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song was awarded for the first time in 1962 and has been awarded annually since 1965 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The award is presented to the songwriters of a song written specifically for a motion picture. The performers of the song are not credited, unless they also have a writing or co-writing credit.

Early life and career beginnings

Legend was born on December 28, 1978, in Springfield, Ohio. [5] He is one of four children [6] of Phyllis Elaine (Lloyd), a seamstress, and Ronald Lamar Stephens, a factory worker at International Harvester. [11] Legend was homeschooled by his mother. [12] At the age of four, he performed with his church choir. He began playing the piano at age seven. At the age of 12, Legend attended Springfield North High School, from which he graduated salutatorian of his class four years later. [13] According to Legend, he was offered admission to Harvard University and scholarships to Georgetown University and Morehouse College. [14] He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English with an emphasis on African-American literature. [15]

Springfield, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Springfield is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Clark County. The municipality is located in southwestern Ohio and is situated on the Mad River, Buck Creek and Beaver Creek, approximately 45 miles (72 km) west of Columbus and 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Dayton. Springfield is home to Wittenberg University, a liberal arts college.

Homeschooling, also known as home education is the education of children at home or a variety of other places. Home education is usually conducted by a parent or tutor or online teacher. Many families use less formal ways of educating. "Homeschooling" is the term commonly used in North America, whereas "home education" is commonly used in the United Kingdom, Europe, and in many Commonwealth countries.

North High School was a public high school in Springfield, Ohio. It was built in 1960. It was one of two high schools in the Springfield City Schools district, the other school being South High School. On September 8, 2008 the two schools were combined into Springfield High School and moved into a new building behind the old North High School. The North High School building was demolished on May 30, 2008 to make way for the new Springfield High School building.

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" (written by Eric Bazilian of The Hooters) received critical acclaim, landing the song on the track list of the 1998 Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD. [16] 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 . [14]

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".

A cappella music is specifically group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It contrasts with cantata, which is usually accompanied singing. The term "a cappella" was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato style. In the 19th century a renewed interest in Renaissance polyphony coupled with an ignorance of the fact that vocal parts were often doubled by instrumentalists led to the term coming to mean unaccompanied vocal music. The term is also used, albeit rarely, as a synonym for alla breve.

Joan Osborne US singer and songwriter

Joan Elizabeth Osborne is an American singer, songwriter, and interpreter of music, having recorded and performed in various popular American musical genres including pop, soul, R&B, blues, and country. She is best known for her recording of the Eric Bazilian song "One of Us". She has toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers and was featured in the documentary film about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

Career beginnings

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 from college in 1999, and thereafter began producing, writing, and recording his own music. 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. [13] He subsequently began working on his demo and began sending his work to various record labels. [12] [17]

Philadelphia Largest city in Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, sometimes known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous U.S. city, with a 2017 census-estimated population of 1,580,863. Since 1854, the city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U.S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is also the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis. The Delaware Valley's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Boston Capital city of Massachusetts, United States

Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 685,094 in 2017, making it also the most populous city in New England. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County as well, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

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. 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 adopt a stage name, he eventually announced his new artist name as John Legend. [14] [18]

DeVon “Devo” Harris, also known as Devo Springsteen, is an entrepreneur and Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter. Harris launched the career of EGOT winner John Legend by signing him to Kanye West’s GOOD Music in 2003. Harris produced and co-wrote many songs from Legend's first albums as well as songs for Nas, Britney Spears, Aretha Franklin, Ol' Dirty Bastard, The Last Poets and more in addition to DJing around the world. Devo won the Best Rap Song Grammy in 2006 for his production of "Diamonds " with Kanye West and Jay-Z. After earning his MBA from Columbia Business School in 2011, Devo turned to technology where he became an award-winning media entrepreneur and inventor.

A hook is a musical idea, often a short riff, passage, or phrase, that is used in popular music to make a song appealing and to "catch the ear of the listener". The term generally applies to popular music, especially rock, R&B, hip hop, dance, and pop. In these genres, the hook is often found in, or consists of, the chorus. A hook can be either melodic or rhythmic, and often incorporates the main motif for a piece of music.

J. Ivy American spoken word artist

J. Ivy is an American performance poet, spoken word artist, recording artist, and author. He is a three-time HBO Def Poet and has earned a Grammy Award for his performance on Kanye West’s debut album The College Dropout. His full-length solo album, Here I Am, was released in late 2010 on his co-owned entertainment company Ivyous Entertainment.

2004–2007: Get Lifted and Once Again

Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted , on GOOD Music in December 2004. 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. [19] It went on to sell 540,300 copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA. [20] [21] An international success, Get Lifted also reached number one on the Norwegian Albums Chart and peaked within the top ten in the Netherlands and Sweden, resulting in worldwide sales of 850,000 copies. [14] 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. 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. [22]

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. [23] In August 2006, Legend appeared in an episode of Sesame Street . He performed a song entitled "It Feels Good When You Sing a Song", a duet with Hoots the Owl. [24] He also performed during the pregame show of Super Bowl XL in Detroit and the halftime show at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game . [25] [26]

In October 2006, Legend's second album, Once Again , was released. 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. [27] 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. 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. 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.

2008–2010: Evolver and Wake Up!

Legend returned to his hometown of Springfield, Ohio in 2008 to give a free benefit concert in support of Barack Obama John legend in springfield.JPG
Legend returned to his hometown of Springfield, Ohio in 2008 to give a free benefit concert in support of Barack Obama

In January 2008, Legend sang in a video for Barack Obama, produced by will.i.am called "Yes We Can". [28] 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 . [29] 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'." [30] 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. [31] On March 30, 2008, Legend performed in front of a sold out crowd of 74,635 in the Orlando Citrus Bowl, now known as Camping World Stadium, for WWE's Wrestlemania XXIV.

In 2009, Legend performed in The People Speak , a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States . [32] Also in 2009, Legend and the Roots teamed up to record a collaborative album, Wake Up! , which was released on September 21, 2010. [33] The first single released from the album was "Wake Up Everybody" featuring singer Melanie Fiona and rapper Common. [34] [35] In February 2011, Legend won three prizes at the 53rd Annual Grammy Music Awards. 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.

2011–present: Tour, Duets, Love in the Future and Darkness and Light

Legend at the Citi Presents: Evenings with Legends show in 2014 John Legend by Sachyn Mital.jpg
Legend at the Citi Presents: Evenings with Legends show in 2014

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". [36] Stokes claimed he gave Legend a demo of the song in 2004 following a concert at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [37] 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." [38] 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". [39] A year later, Legend confirmed that he settled out of court with Stokes for an undisclosed amount. [40]

Also in 2011, Legend completed a 50-date tour as a guest for British soul band Sade. In the San Diego stop, Legend confirmed that he was working on his next studio album and played a new song called "Dreams". [41] Later, via his official website, he revealed the official title of the album to be Love in the Future, and debuted part of a new track called "Caught Up". The album has been executive-produced by Legend himself, along with Kanye West and Dave Tozer – the same team who worked on Legend's previous albums Get Lifted , Once Again , and Evolver . Legend has stated that his intention for the record was "To make a modern soul album – to flip that classic feel into a modern context." [42]

Legend was granted an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Howard University at the 144th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12, 2012. [43] Legend was a judge on the ABC music show Duets along with Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke. Legend's spot was originally for Lionel Richie but he had to leave the show due to a scheduling conflict. Duets debuted on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 8/7c. [44]

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. [45] The album was nominated for Best R&B album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. [46] 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 Teigen, and was performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

In 2014, Legend partnered 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.

Legend was featured on Meghan Trainor's "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" from her debut studio album, which reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. On February 1, 2015, he sang "America the Beautiful" in the opening ceremony of Super Bowl XLIX. 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.

Legend released his new album Darkness and Light, with first single "Love Me Now", on December 2, 2016 with songs featuring Chance the Rapper and Miguel.

For the 2017 film Beauty and the Beast , Legend and Ariana Grande performed a duet on the title track, a remake of the 1991 original version sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson. [47]

In April 2017, Crow: The Legend, a short animation film, premiered its prologue at the Tribeca Film Festival. Legend was cast in the title role as the character Crow. He also served as executive producer for the project and performed the original song "When You Can Fly". [48] The film won at thirteen different film festivals including the LA Film Festival where it made its North American premiere in 2018. [49] The film won Best Animation VR Experience at the 2018 Raindance Film Festival and received nomination for Best Virtual Reality Production at the 46th Annual Annie Awards.

On December 19, 2017, NBC announced that Legend had been cast in the title role in the live concert production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Marcy Avenue Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. [50] The production was broadcast live on NBC television on April 1, 2018 (the date of Easter Sunday that year in Western Christianity).

On May 8, 2018, Google chose John Legend as one of the six new Google Assistant voices. [51]

Philanthropy

Legend performed a benefit concert in Springfield, Ohio in 2005 in support of a tax levy for the Springfield City School District. [52]

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 was helping to rebuild in that community. On July 7, 2007, Legend participated in the Live Earth concert in London, performing "Ordinary People". After reading Professor Jeffrey Sachs' book The End of Poverty , Legend started his Show Me Campaign in 2007. In this campaign, Legend called on his fans to help him in his initiative for residents in Bosaso Village, Somalia [53] and non-profit organizations partnered with the campaign. 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.[ citation needed ] In October 2007, Legend became involved [ clarification needed ] with a project sponsored by The Gap, a retail clothing store chain in the United States.

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. 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. 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. [54]

On January 22, 2010, he performed "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" on the Hope for Haiti Now telethon show. [55] On September 8, 2010, John Legend joined the national board of Teach For America. [56] 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 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. [57] In 2011, he contributed the track "Love I've Never Known" to the Red Hot Organization's most recent album Red Hot+Rio 2. The album is a follow-up to the 1996 Red Hot+Rio. Proceeds from the album sales were donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues. On March 6, 2012, John Legend was appointed by the World Economic Forum to the Forum of Young Global Leaders. [58] 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. [59] 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. [60] 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." [61]

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. [62] The following year, Legend appeared on Salem State University's speaker series and was recognized by Voices Against Injustice (formerly known as the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice) as the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social Justice. [63] Also in 2017 Legend donated $500,000 to Springfield City School District to renovate an auditorium, which is named in his honor, within the Springfield Center of Innovation. [64] He performed at the John Legend Theater on October 9, 2016. [65] In 2018, he starred in an animated virtual-reality short film written and directed by Eric Darnell, titled Crow: The Legend, together with Oprah Winfrey, telling a Native American origin tale. [66]

Personal life

Legend met model Chrissy Teigen in 2007 when she starred in the music video for his song "Stereo". [67] They became engaged in December 2011. [68] [69] They were married on September 14, 2013, in Como, Italy. [70] The 2013 song "All of Me" was written and is dedicated to her; the music video was reportedly displayed at their wedding. The couple's first child, a daughter was born in April 2016. [71] On November 21, 2017, Teigen announced via Instagram that she was pregnant with the couple's second child, [72] and on January 28, 2018, that their second child would be a boy. [73] [74] He was born in May 2018. [75] Both children were conceived via in vitro fertilization. [76]

Discography

Studio albums
Collaborations

Tours

Filmography

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2006 Sesame Street Himself
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm HimselfEpisode "The Bat Mitzvah"
2007 Las Vegas HimselfEpisode: "Wagers of Sin"
2008 A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All Forest Ranger
2009 The People Speak HimselfDocumentary
2010 Dancing with the Stars Himself/Performer
2011 Royal Pains Himself"Listen to the Music"
2015 The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Himself/PerformerPerformed with Meghan Trainor
2015-present Lip Sync Battle Himself6 episodes
2015 Hollywood Game Night Himself/ContestantSeason 3 Episode 1
2016–2017 Underground NAProducer
2017 The Nightly Show with Gordon Ramsay HimselfSeason 1 Episode 24
2017 Master of None HimselfEpisode: "The Dinner Party"
2017 Carpool Karaoke: The Series HimselfEpisode: "Alicia Keys & John Legend"
2018 Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Jesus Christ Also executive producer
2018 A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy Himself
2019 The Voice Himself/Coach
Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Sesame Street: Elmo Loves You!Himself
2008 Soul Men Marcus Hooks
2012The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed AmericaDuke Ellington/Voice
2016 Southside with You N/AProducer
2016 La La Land KeithAlso co-wrote/performed "Start a Fire" for film's soundtrack
2017Crow: The LegendCrow/VoiceVoice role, Also executive producer [77]

Awards and nominations

See also

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Christine Diane Teigen is an American model and author who made her debut in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010 and, alongside Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge, appeared on the cover in 2014. She formerly was a part of the lifestyle panel talk show FABLife and currently co-hosts Lip Sync Battle with LL Cool J on Paramount Network.

American Boy single

"American Boy" is a song recorded by British rapper and singer Estelle for her second studio album Shine (2008). It features vocals from American rapper Kanye West. The song was written by Estelle, West, will.i.am, John Legend, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, Armand and Keith Harris. It was produced by will.i.am, who also produced the album's previous single, "Wait a Minute ", and uses the beat from the song "Impatient" from his own third studio album Songs About Girls (2007). "American Boy" is a breezy disco-funk song that lyrically describes a romance with an American suitor. The song's conception came after Legend, Estelle's mentor, suggested she write a song about meeting an American man.

<i>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</i> 2010 studio album by Kanye West

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the fifth studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released on November 22, 2010, by Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records.

Kendrick Lamar American rapper, singer and record producer from California

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is regarded as one of the most skillful and successful hip hop artists of his generation.

Mercy (GOOD Music song) 2012 single by Kanye West

"Mercy" is a song by American hip hop GOOD Music rappers Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T along with their Def Jam label-mate rapper 2 Chainz. The song, released April 3, 2012, serves as the lead single from the compilation album Cruel Summer (2012). The song's production was handled by Lifted, with additional production from West, Mike Dean and Mike Will Made It, and additional instrumentation from Hudson Mohawke. The song heavily samples the dancehall song "Dust a Sound Boy" by Super Beagle. The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics who praised the bombastic production, the varying quality of the verses, and the wordplay of the individual rappers. The song was featured on the soundtrack for NBA 2K13.

"New Slaves" is a song performed by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West, taken from his sixth studio album Yeezus (2013). It was produced by West and Ben Bronfman, with additional production from Mike Dean, Travis Scott, Noah Goldstein, Sham Joseph and Che Pope. The song features vocals from American recording artist Frank Ocean, whom West previously collaborated with on Watch the Throne (2011). The song discusses slavery and segregation as well as racism in general, materialism, and stereotypes of African Americans in the United States. The song, despite not having been released as a single, charted in Canada, France, the United Kingdom and United States in 2013.

<i>Love in the Future</i> 2013 studio album by John Legend

Love in the Future is the fourth studio album by American singer John Legend. The album was released on August 30, 2013, by GOOD Music and Columbia Records. The album, executive produced by Legend, Kanye West and Dave Tozer, features guest appearances from Kimbra, Rick Ross, Stacy Barthe and Seal. The album was supported by four singles, "Who Do We Think We Are", "Made to Love", "All of Me" and "You & I ". Love in the Future received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 68,000 copies in its first week.

"Bound 2" is a song by American rapper Kanye West, featured as the final track from his sixth studio album, Yeezus (2013). It was produced by West and Che Pope, with additional production being handled by Eric Danchick, Noah Goldstein, No ID and Mike Dean. The song features vocals from American soul singer Charlie Wilson and serves as the album's second single. "Bound 2" incorporates samples from "Bound" by Ponderosa Twins Plus One and the line "Uh-huh, honey" from Brenda Lee's "Sweet Nothin's".

All of Me (John Legend song) 2013 song by John Legend

"All of Me" is a song by American singer John Legend from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013). It is dedicated to Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen. "All of Me" first aired on American mainstream urban radio as the album's third single on August 12, 2013.

You & I (Nobody in the World) single by John Legend

"You & I " is a song by American singer John Legend. Legend co-wrote the song with James Ryan Ho, Dave Tozer and Dan Wilson, with production by Malay, Tozer and Legend. It impacted urban adult contemporary radio in the United States on April 29, 2014, as the fourth single from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013).

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards ceremony was held on May 17, 2015, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It was aired live on ABC. The show was hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen.

Charlie Wilson (singer) American R&B singer

Charles Kent Wilson, also known as Uncle Charlie, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and the former lead vocalist of The Gap Band. As a solo artist he has been nominated for thirteen Grammy awards and ten NAACP Image Awards, received a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award, and was a recipient of a BMI Icon Award in 2005. In 2009, he was named Billboard magazine's No. 1 Adult R&B Artist, and his song "There Goes My Baby" was named the No. 1 Urban Adult Song for 2009 in Billboard Magazine.

"Freeee " is a song by American hip hop duo Kids See Ghosts, composed of Kanye West and Kid Cudi, released as the fourth track off their eponymous debut album Kids See Ghosts (2018). The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Ty Dolla Sign, and is the sequel to West's song "Ghost Town", from his album Ye (2018). It samples "Stark" by Corin "Mr. Chop" Littler and a speech by Marcus Garvey, as well as interpolating lyrics from the original "Ghost Town". Music critics praised the song. It was one of Jay-Z's 21 favourite tracks of 2018. The song was submitted for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, yet failed to enter.

<i>A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy</i>

A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy is an American Christmas special variety show starring John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. The special premiered on November 28, 2018 on NBC.

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