John Legend

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Biography

  • Birth Name: John Stephens
  • Birth Place: Springfield, Ohio, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 12/28/1978, Capricorn
  • Profession: Singer; songwriter; pianist
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John Legend Fast Facts:
  • Grew up in a musical family; began taking piano lessons and performing in church at a young age.
  • Graduated from high school at age 16 and was salutatorian of his class.
  • Served as choir director at Bethel AME Church in Scranton, PA, for nine years.
  • At 19, played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything," a key song on her 1998 CD The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
  • Changed name from John Stephens to John Legend after friend and poet J. Ivy nicknamed him "The Legend" during a studio session.
  • Did session work for a diverse roster of artists, including Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson and Kanye West.
  • First album, Get Lifted, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 in 2004.
  • John Legend Relationships:
  • Phyllis Stephens - Mother
  • Ronald Stephens - Father
  • Chrissy Teigen - Wife
  • Ronald Stephens II - Brother
  • John Legend Awards:
  • 2008 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
  • 2005 Grammy: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2005 Grammy: Best R&B Album - Winner
  • 2006 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
  • 2006 Grammy: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2005 Grammy: Best New Artist - Winner
  • 2010 Grammy: Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2010 Grammy: Best R&B Song - Winner
  • 2010 Grammy: Best R&B Album - Winner
  • 2015 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Best Song - Nominee
  • College:
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (1999)

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