- 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.
- 2008, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
- 2014, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
- 2005, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
- 2015, Grammy — Best Song Written for Visual Media: Winner
- 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Song: Nominee
- 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Song: Winner
- 2006, 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
- 2015, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
- 2006, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
- 2010, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
- 2015, CMT Music Awards — CMT Performance of the Year: Nominee
- 2010, Grammy — Best R&B Album: Winner
- 2010, Grammy — Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
- Phyllis Stephens — Mother
- Ronald Stephens — Father
- Ronald Stephens II — Brother
- Luna Simone Stephens — Daughter
- Chrissy Teigen — Wife
- University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (1999)
- Birth Name: John Roger Stephens
- Birth Place: Springfield, Ohio, United States
- Birthday: December 28, 1978, Capricorn
- Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Pianist
Trending TonightSee all »
Everyone's most recent TV obsession was the hot topic on the Emmys red carpet