John Legend

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John Legend (born John Stephens, 28.12.1978)

John Legend is an American soul musician. He is a pianist, songwriter and singer and is a Grammy Award winner.

John Legend: Childhood

John Legend was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. At the age of three, his grandmother started to teach him to play the piano, in a gospel style. At seven, he was involved in the church choir as well as taking classical music lessons. He graduated from Springfield North High School at 16 and went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English.

During his time at University, Legend was in Counterparts, a jazz / pop a capella group. He was the President and Musical Director of the group.

Pursuing his love of music after leaving university, Legend played in the New York nightclub circuit, as well as in Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

John Legend: The Big Break

John Legend was introduced to Kanye West by Kanye's cousin, who happened to be Legend's roommate. Eventually, Legend became the first signing to West's G.O.O.D. Music label. John Legend sang many of the hooks on West's College Dropout album and to return the favour, West supplied a number of the rhythm tracks for John's demo tapes.

John Legend's debut album, Get Lifted was eventually released on G.O.O.D. Music.

Legend has collaborated with a number of Kanye's protégés, including the rapper Common, and Fort Minor, both of whom are his label-mates. He has also collaborated with The Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson.

In July 2007, John Legend appeared at the London leg of the Live Earth concert, where he performed his track 'Ordinary People'. That same month, Legend spent a day folding laundry at Tide's Clean Start Mobile Laundromat, helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Legend's second album was Once Again. The debut single to be released from the album was 'Save Room'. The single featured production credits for will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, as well as Kanye West and Raphael Saadiq.

In April 2008, John Legend returned to Pennsylvania University in support of the Barack Obama Presidential campaign.

Legend's third album, Evolver has been given a release date of October 2008 and features the rapper Andre 3000 of OutKast.

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26th November 2014 -

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28th September 2014 -

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31st August 2014 -

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16th July 2014 -

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Lionel Richie Inspires From The BET Stage, Despite Unfortunate Typo

1st July 2014 -

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30th June 2014 -

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Whoever was in charge of the captioning at last night's BET Awards should hang their head in shame after they misspelled the name of the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award, Lionel Richie. During the...

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30th June 2014 -

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BET Awards weekend started with a tragedy this year, when a guest at Meek Mill’s pre-awards party ended up in hospital with stab wounds. The incident took place on Saturday night, June 28, at...

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29th June 2014 -

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John Legend feat. Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes - All of Me

12th June 2014 -

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John Legend's first number one single 'All Of Me' can now be enjoyed all over again as he joined by Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes for a country style rendition of the song, which...

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28th May 2014 -

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John Legend - You & I (Nobody In The World) [Live]

15th May 2014 -

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Following the number one success of love ballad 'All Of Me', John Legend performs his upcoming new single 'You & I (Nobody In The World)' live from Los Angeles. The song is from his fifth...

Who Is John Legend's Model Wife, Chrissy Teigen?

29th April 2014 -

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Chrissy Teigen has been hitting the news a lot lately, since her rant to those rude Instagram followers who criticised her weight. Earlier this month, Teigen hit back at the nasty commenters, writing, “In what...

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29th April 2014 -

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Sports Illustrated covergirl Chrissy Teigen’s sexual exploits made news this week, as the model talked to Cosmopolitan about her career and making a name for herself... but mostly about her sex life with husband John...

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29th April 2014 -

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Chrissy Teigen is not shy when it comes to public displays of affection.As the Sports Illustrated model bared all for the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, posing nude in a bathtub with bubbles covering her sensitive...

Mr Probz Snags UK No.1 Single with 'Waves'

28th April 2014 -

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The Dutch rapper-turned-singer Mr Probz has gone straight in at No.1 with his tune 'Waves'. Probz sold 127,000 copies of the track, which is his debut UK release. He is the latest Dutch artist to...

John Legend - All Of Me Single Review

16th April 2014 -

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Possibly the singularly most romantic album of 2013, John Legend's Gold certified fourth offering 'Love in the Future' was a critical and commercial success - and it's really not hard to see why. With a...

John Legend & Chrissy Teigen Wed By Stunning Lake Como

16th September 2013 -

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have finally gotten married at an intimate wedding at an estate overlooking the idyllic Italian Lake Como: a favourite amongst celebrities.Chrissy & John Are Now Happily Married.The pair, who've been...

A Weekend Wedding In Italy Means John Legend And Chrissy Teigen's Marriage Is Off To A Great Start

15th September 2013 -

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Congratulations, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen! The Grammy award-winning singer and the world famous model tied the knot at long last. According to Us Weekly, the pair had a small, private at Villa Pizzo in...

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13th July 2013 -

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Wireless Festival, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z – a match made in heaven as far as festival organizers, reporters, fans – all those involved really – are concerned. The pair are splitting up the headlining duties...

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13th June 2013 -

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'Law & Order' actor Chris Noth, 'Sin City' actress Rosario Dawson and 'Gossip Girl' star Jessica Szohr were all among the star arrivals at the annual Samsung Hope For Children Gala held at Cipriani Wall...

Rebel Wilson, Robin Wright And Steven Spielberg At The 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner - Part 1

30th April 2013 -

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Among arrivals at the 2013 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton were 'Pitch Perfect' star Rebel Wilson with her sister Liberty, 'House of Cards' star Robin Wright, Oscar winning movie director Steven...

John Legend Would Love To Duet With Beyonce in Aid of Women's Rights

27th March 2013 -

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John Legend is excited to team up with Beyonce for a London concert, endorsing Chime for Change – a charity, aimed at helping girls and women around the world. The singers will perform at London’s...

John Legend Proud To Be Part Of 'Chime For Change' As Charity Movement Is Unveiled

27th March 2013 -

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Singer John Legend has spoken of his overwhelming excitement after being asked to join the likes of Beyonce, Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and actress Salma Hayek Pinault for the Chime For Change charity project....

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26th March 2013 -

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John Legend and Beyonce are among the stars who have signed for a special concert at London’s Twickenham stadium on June 1st in aid of Chime For Change, a global campaign for girls’ and womens’...

Wireless Festival Moves to the Queen's Olympic Park with Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z to Headline

19th February 2013 -

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It has been said over and over, but 2013 truly is the year of the comeback. Justin Timberlake has been going all out on his return to music and having unveiled the first track of...

Chrissy Teigan's Marriage Ultimatum To John Legend: "If It's Not This Year, I'm Out"

14th February 2013 -

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American model Chrissy Teigen has given an ultimatum to her Grammy Award-winning boyfriend John Legend: he has until the end of the year to marry her. Teigen has been dating Legend for seven years, before...

Bruce Springsteen is the 2013 Musicares Person of the Year

9th February 2013 -

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Sting, Alabama Shakes, Neil Young, Elton John Mumford & Sons and John Legend all paid tribute to Bruce Springsteen as he was named Musicares Person of the Year for 2013 at last night's pre-Grammy award...

Alicia Keys, Fall Out Boy And More Confirmed For NBA All-Star Weekend

6th February 2013 -

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Didn't get your fill with the last dose of State-side halftime entertainment, well the NBA All-Star Weekend is here to help, with the show's line-up trying its best to out do Beyonce and co. last...

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