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John Legend is an American singer, songwriter, and musician

InformationDetail
BirthdayDecember 28, 1978
NationalityAmerican
FamousBlues Singers, Rhythm, Film & Theater Personalities, Musicians, Singers, Rhythm & Blues Singers
City/StateOhio
SpousesChrissy Teigen
SiblingsVaughn Anthony Stephens
Known asJohn Roger Stephens
Universities
  • University of Pennsylvania
Birth PlaceSpringfield, Ohio, U.S.
Height175cm
GenderMale
FatherRonald Stephens
MotherPhyllis Stephens
Net Worth$40 Million as of Apr 13,2017
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inSpringfield, Ohio, U.S.
Famous asSinger
Socials

// Famous Rhythm

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Who is John Legend?

John Roger Stephens, known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known for his albums, such as ‘Once Again’, and ‘Darkness and Light’. Born in Springfield, Ohio, in the United States, Legend showed a keen interest in music from an early age. He started performing in his church choir at the age of four. From the age of seven, he started playing the piano. During his time at college, he served as the president and music director of a musical group named Counterparts. Having released a total of five studio albums till date, Legend has also collaborated with lots of other stars such as Kanye West, Britney Spears, as well as Lauren Hill. In 2015, he won the Oscar for the song ‘Glory’, which he had written for the historical movie ‘Selma.’ He has also won several other significant awards, which include ten Grammy awards, as well as one Golden Globe Award. He is also an actor and has made an appearance in the movie ‘La La Land’, which became a huge hit, winning six Oscars. He is known for his philanthropic activities, such as raising awareness to help the victims of the Hurricane Katrina.

// Famous Blues Singers

Childhood & Early Life

John Roger Stephens was born on 28 December 1978, in Springfield, Ohio, in the United States, to Ronald Lamar Stephens and Phyllis Elaine. Interested in music from an early age, he started singing in the church choir when he was four. He also learnt playing the piano from his grandmother.

He was homeschooled for some years, after which he attended the North High School. Later, despite being offered admission in Harvard University, and scholarships from Georgetown University as well as Morehouse College, he went to the University of Pennsylvania.

There, he served as president and musical director of a pop a cappella group named Counterparts. Because of his amazing talents, he also became a member of prestigious societies, such as Sphinx Senior Society and Onyx Senior Honor Society.

Career

During the early days of his career, John Roger Stephens used to perform in nightclubs, as well as hold shows throughout the country. He also collaborated with star musicians such as Alicia Keys and Kanye West.

His debut album ‘Get Lifted’ was released in 2004. With hit singles, such as ‘Ordinary People’, ‘Number One’, and ‘So High’, the album performed brilliantly, peaking at number seven on the Billboard 200. It received mostly positive reviews. It won the 2006 ‘Grammy Award’ for the Best R&B Album.

Slowly, Stephens started gaining popularity and through the ensuing years, he was featured in several significant albums of popular stars, such as Fort Minor, Jay-Z, and Stephen Colbert. It was during this time that he started being known as John Legend, instead of his legal name.

In 2006, his second studio album ‘Once Again’ was released. Debuting at number 3 on the US Billboard 200, the album became a big hit. Its hit song ‘Heaven’ won Legend his second Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performances.

His next album ‘Evolver,’ released in 2008, was even a bigger success. Debuting at fourth position on the US Billboard 200, the album has sold more than 600,000 copies in the US alone. Two years later, he collaborated with the hip hop band The Roots, and released the album ‘Wake up!’ The album won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B album.

In 2013, he released his fourth album, ‘Love in the Future’. Peaking at fourth position on the US Billboard 200, the album was a huge success, selling 68,000 copies within just the first week of its release. In 2015, he won an Oscar for the song ‘Glory’, which he had performed for the film ‘Selma’, along with rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn, also known as Common.

His fifth album ‘Darkness and Light’ was released in 2016. The same year, he also played a significant role in the Oscar winning film ‘La La Land’.

Major Works

‘Wake Up’, a studio album by John Legend, on which he had collaborated with the hip hop band ‘The Roots’ is among his most significant and successful works. Debuting at eighth position on the US Billboard 200, the album sold 63,000 copies within its first week and went on to win the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. It received mostly positive reviews from critics.

‘Love in the Future’ which was released in 2013, is also among John Legend’s important works. The album, which included singles such as ‘Open Your Eyes’, ‘All Of Me’, and ‘Dreams’ debuted at fourth position at the US Billboard 200. It became a hit in several countries and topped the charts in UK, Netherlands, South Africa and New Zealand. It received mostly positive reviews.

‘The Oscar wining song ‘Glory’, which was released in late 2014, can be regarded as Legend’s most significant critically acclaimed work. It was performed by Legend in collaboration with rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn, or Common. It served as the theme song of the 2014 historical drama film ‘Selma’. The song debuted at number 49 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also became popular in countries such as Spain, Belgium and Australia. The song, which won several awards, also earned Legend the Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards.

‘Darkness & Light’ is the fifth and the latest studio album of John Legend. With singles such as ‘Love Me Now’, and ‘I Know Better’, the album debuted at number 14 on the US Billboard 200. It sold 26,000 copies within the first week.

Awards & Achievements

John Legend, over the course of his career, has been nominated for a total of forty-five awards out of which he has won thirty-one. In 2015, he won the Oscar for the ‘Best Original Song’ for his hit song ‘Glory,’ which was released the previous year. He has won a total of ten Grammy Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, five Soul Train Awards, and One Golden Globe Award.

Personal Life

John Legend dated Chrissy Teigen for four years before getting engaged in 2011. They married in 2013. They had their first child in 2016, a daughter whom they named Luna Simone.

He is also involved in several social causes and charitable activities. He supports various organizations and causes, such as the New York based organization Harlem Village Academies which runs several charter schools.

Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $40 million.

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John Legend awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

2015Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original SongSelma (2014)

Golden Globe Awards

2015Best Original Song - Motion PictureSelma (2014)

Grammy Awards

2016Best Song Written for Visual MediaSelma (2014)
2011Best R&B AlbumWinner
2011Best Traditional R&B Vocal PerformanceWinner
2011Best R&B SongWinner
2009Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalsWinner
2007Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or GroupWinner
2007Best Male R&B Vocal PerformanceWinner
2006Best New ArtistWinner
2006Best R&B AlbumWinner
2006Best Male R&B Vocal PerformanceWinner

MTV Video Music Awards

2017Best Fight Against the SystemJohn Legend: Surefire (2017)

John Legend biography timelines

  • // 28th Dec 1978
    John Roger Stephens was born on 28 December 1978, in Springfield, Ohio, in the United States, to Ronald Lamar Stephens and Phyllis Elaine. Interested in music from an early age, he started singing in the church choir when he was four. He also learnt playing the piano from his grandmother.
  • // 2004 To 2006
    His debut album ‘Get Lifted’ was released in 2004. With hit singles, such as ‘Ordinary People’, ‘Number One’, and ‘So High’, the album performed brilliantly, peaking at number seven on the Billboard 200. It received mostly positive reviews. It won the 2006 ‘Grammy Award’ for the Best R&B Album.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, his second studio album ‘Once Again’ was released. Debuting at number 3 on the US Billboard 200, the album became a big hit. Its hit song ‘Heaven’ won Legend his second Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performances.
  • // 2008 To 2010
    His next album ‘Evolver,’ released in 2008, was even a bigger success. Debuting at fourth position on the US Billboard 200, the album has sold more than 600,000 copies in the US alone. Two years later, he collaborated with the hip hop band The Roots, and released the album ‘Wake up!’ The album won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B album.
  • // 2010
    ‘Wake Up’, a studio album by John Legend, on which he had collaborated with the hip hop band ‘The Roots’ is among his most significant and successful works. Debuting at eighth position on the US Billboard 200, the album sold 63,000 copies within its first week and went on to win the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. It received mostly positive reviews from critics.
  • // 2013 To 2015
    In 2013, he released his fourth album, ‘Love in the Future’. Peaking at fourth position on the US Billboard 200, the album was a huge success, selling 68,000 copies within just the first week of its release. In 2015, he won an Oscar for the song ‘Glory’, which he had performed for the film ‘Selma’, along with rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn, also known as Common.
  • // 2013
    ‘Love in the Future’ which was released in 2013, is also among John Legend’s important works. The album, which included singles such as ‘Open Your Eyes’, ‘All Of Me’, and ‘Dreams’ debuted at fourth position at the US Billboard 200. It became a hit in several countries and topped the charts in UK, Netherlands, South Africa and New Zealand. It received mostly positive reviews.
  • // 2014
    ‘The Oscar wining song ‘Glory’, which was released in late 2014, can be regarded as Legend’s most significant critically acclaimed work. It was performed by Legend in collaboration with rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn, or Common. It served as the theme song of the 2014 historical drama film ‘Selma’. The song debuted at number 49 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also became popular in countries such as Spain, Belgium and Australia. The song, which won several awards, also earned Legend the Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards.
  • // 2015
    John Legend, over the course of his career, has been nominated for a total of forty-five awards out of which he has won thirty-one. In 2015, he won the Oscar for the ‘Best Original Song’ for his hit song ‘Glory,’ which was released the previous year. He has won a total of ten Grammy Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, five Soul Train Awards, and One Golden Globe Award.
  • // 2016
    His fifth album ‘Darkness and Light’ was released in 2016. The same year, he also played a significant role in the Oscar winning film ‘La La Land’.

// Famous Rhythm & Blues Singers

John Legend's FAQ

  • What is John Legend birthday?

    John Legend was born at 1978-12-28

  • Where is John Legend's birth place?

    John Legend was born in Springfield, Ohio, U.S.

  • What is John Legend nationalities?

    John Legend's nationalities is American

  • Who is John Legend spouses?

    John Legend's spouses is Chrissy Teigen

  • Who is John Legend siblings?

    John Legend's siblings is Vaughn Anthony Stephens

  • What was John Legend universities?

    John Legend studied at University of Pennsylvania

  • How tall is John Legend?

    John Legend's height is 175

  • Who is John Legend's father?

    John Legend's father is Ronald Stephens

  • Who is John Legend's mother?

    John Legend's mother is Phyllis Stephens

  • What is John Legend's sun sign?

    John Legend is Capricorn

  • How famous is John Legend?

    John Legend is famouse as Singer

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    John Legend's youtube is https://www.youtube.com/user/johnlegendVEVO

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