John Legend Quote

Anybody under the age of forty knows hip-hop, gospel and R&ampB pretty well, and it's all a part of what we consider to be 'black music.' There is a natural synergy between the three.

John Legend

Anybody under the age of forty knows hip-hop, gospel and R&ampB pretty well, and it's all a part of what we consider to be 'black music.' There is a natural synergy between the three.

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About John Legend

John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, and actor. He began his musical career working behind the scenes for other artists, playing piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything", and making uncredited guest appearances on Jay-Z's "Encore" and Alicia Keys's "You Don't Know My Name". He was the first artist signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music, on which he released his debut album Get Lifted (2004), which reached the top ten on the Billboard 200 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Legend received a total of nine nominations at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, including his first win for his song "Ordinary People". Namely, Get Lifted was nominated for Best R&B Album, while its single "So High" (remixed with Lauryn Hill) was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, along with Legend himself being nominated for Best New Artist. His second studio album, Once Again (2006) was released to similar critical and commercial success, supported by the lead single "Save Room". His third album, Evolver (2008) further diversified his artistry as its funk-inspired lead single, "Green Light" (featuring André 3000) peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became certified double platinum by the RIAA. The same year, Legend released the live album John Legend: Live from Philadelphia (2008), followed by a collaborative album with Philadelphia-based hip hop band The Roots titled Wake Up! (2010).
His fourth studio album, Love in the Future (2013) was preceded by the hit single "All of Me". The pop ballad saw his furthest commercial success as it peaked on the Billboard Hot 100, spent 23 consecutive weeks in the chart's top ten, and received diamond (14× platinum) certification by the RIAA. In 2015, he co-performed with Meghan Trainor on her single "Like I'm Gonna Lose You", which peaked at the number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The following year, he released his fifth album Darkness and Light (2016) and departed from GOOD Music. Legend has since released A Legendary Christmas (2018), Bigger Love (2020)—which won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album—and his ninth album, Legend (2022).
For his music, Legend has received a total of 12 Grammy Awards. In 2007, Legend received the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Legend won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award in 2015 for co-writing and co-performing the song "Glory" (with Common) for the film Selma. In 2017, Legend won a Tony Award for co-producing Jitney for the Broadway stage. In 2018, Legend portrayed the titular character in NBC's adaptation of the 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 the first black male and second youngest recipient of all four of the major American entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT). Legend is also the recipient of the NAACP's President's Award. Legend has been featured as a coach on the reality competition series The Voice from its sixteenth season to its twenty-second season, and again from its twenty-fourth season.