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.

Awards

  • 2005, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: 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 R&B Album: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
  • 2008, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
  • 2010, Grammy — Best R&B Album: Winner
  • 2010, Grammy — Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2010, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 2014, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Song: Winner

Relationships

  • Chrissy Teigen — Wife
  • Ronald Stephens II — Brother
  • Phyllis Stephens — Mother
  • Ronald Stephens — Father

College

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (1999)

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  • Birth Name: John Stephens
  • Birth Place: Springfield, Ohio, United States
  • Birthday: December 28, 1978, Capricorn
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Pianist
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