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John Legend

Background information
Birth name John Stephens
Born December 28, 1978 (1978-12-28) (age 29)
Origin Springfield, Ohio, United States
Genre(s) R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s) Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active 2000 – present
Label(s) Sony Urban, GOOD Music
Associated acts Kanye West, Fergie, Will.i.am, Jay-Z
Website www.johnlegend.com

John Legend (born John Stephens on 28 December 1978) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist. His debut studio album, the platinum-selling Get Lifted, was released in late 2004, and features collaborations with rapper and producer Kanye West as well as Snoop Dogg. Get Lifted produced two singles: "Used to Love U" (US top 100, UK top 30) and "Ordinary People" (US and UK top 30). Legend has won five Grammy Awards. Prior to the release of his debut album, Legend's career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. Notably, Legend sang the hooks for hits by Slum Village ("Selfish", also featuring Kanye West), Jay-Z ("Encore"), and Dilated Peoples ("This Way", also featuring Kanye West); played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything is Everything"; and sang background vocals on Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name" and Fort Minor's "High Road." is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Biography

Legend was born in Springfield, Ohio. His career began at the age of 3, when his grandmother began teaching him to play gospel piano. By the time he was 7 years old, Legend was singing with the church choir and taking lessons in classical music. Legend attended Springfield North High School, graduating as Salutatorian at 16. He was also prom king and president of the student council. Springfield is the county seat of Clark County in the State of Ohio. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Gospel, from the Old English good tidings is a calque of Greek () used in the New Testament (see Etymology below). ... In the United States and Canada, the title of salutatorian is given to the second-highest graduate of the entire graduating class of an educational institution. ...


Legend attended the University of Pennsylvania (Class of 1999), where he studied English with an emphasis on African American literature and culture. While at Penn, he helmed Counterparts, a coed jazz and pop a cappella group as President (1997-1998) and Musical Director (1998-1999). Legend's lead vocals on the group's recording of Joan Osbourne's "One of Us" propelled the song to critical acclaim,[1] landing it a coveted spot on the track list of the 1998 Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD. This article is about the private Ivy League university in Philadelphia. ... English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the U.K., U.S., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, India, South Africa, and the Middle East, among other areas), English linguistics (including English phonetics, phonology... The Color Purple by Alice Walker African American literature is the body of literature produced in the United States by writers of African descent. ... Penn may refer to: // Penn, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom Penn, West Midlands, United Kingdom Penn, Pennsylvania, United States Penn Lake Park, Pennsylvania, United States Penn Township, several municipalities in the United States University of Pennsylvania, a private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Alexander Penn Wooldridge, American mayor of Austin, Texas... Counterparts was founded in 1980 as the first coed a cappella group at the University of Pennsylvania. ... This article is about the vocal technique. ... Joan Osborne (born July 8, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter originally from Anchorage, Kentucky. ...


Oddly enough, his first job after graduating from Penn was not in the music business -- Legend began working for the Boston Consulting Group in Boston and then New York City. Before becoming a mainstream artist, Legend hit the nightclub circuit in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., performing as an independent artist and distributing live LPs such as John Stephens and Live at SOB's. “BCG” redirects here. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ...


It was John Legend's roommate and former Penn classmate, Devon Harris, professionally known as Devo Springsteen, who introduced Legend to his cousin and then up-and-coming hip hop artist Kanye West. Since that meeting, Legend and West have worked closely together, with West signing Legend as the first artist to join his new label, G.O.O.D. Music. Legend sang many of the melodic hooks on West’s demo, which would eventually become the Grammy Award winning album The College Dropout; in turn, West provided rhythm tracks for Legend’s demo, which would evolve into Get Lifted. Recently, Legend contributed to fellow G.O.O.D artist Common's LP, Be, and provided vocals for "High Road" on the album The Rising Tied by Fort Minor (Mike Shinoda). Devo Springsteen (born Devon Harris on December 9, 1977 in Columbus, GA) is a Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kÉ‘njÉ›j/) (born June 8, 1977) is an American record producer and rapper who rose to fame in the mid 2000s. ... GOOD Music is a Hip Hop and R&B record label founded by music producer and rapper Kanye West. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Singles from The College Dropout Released: September 30, 2003 Released: February 24, 2004 Released: May 25, 2004 Released: Aug 31, 2004 The College Dropout is the debut album by rapper Kanye West, released in 2004. ... Get Lifted is a 2004 studio album by R&B/Soul singer John Legend, released via Kanye Wests G.O.O.D. Music label on December 28 (Legends birthday). ... Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... Be is a 2005 album by rapper Common, produced by Kanye West and J Dilla. ... The Rising Tied (Limited Edition) Limited Edition With Bonus DVD The Rising Tied is the debut album of hip hop ensemble Fort Minor, the side project by Linkin Park rapper Mike Shinoda. ... Fort Minor is a hip hop ensemble and side project created by Mike Shinoda, of Linkin Park. ... Michael Kenji Shinoda (born February 11, 1977)[1][2] is an American musician, record producer, and artist from Agoura Hills, California. ...


Endorsement

John Legend currently is a spokesman of Baily's alcoholic beverage.


Recent feats of greatness

Legend performed during the pregame show of Super Bowl XL in Detroit.[2] He also performed during the halftime show at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game,[3] and he performed "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch at the 2006 Major League Baseball All Star Game in Pittsburgh, PA.[4] also he performed at the Grammy Awards. Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in... 2006 NBA All-Star Logo The 2006 NBA All-Star Game was played on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, home of the Houston Rockets. ...


He is also featured in the Black Eyed Peas song, "Like That". The song "Ordinary People" was originally meant to be for a Black Eyed Peas project, but Legend decided to keep it for himself and recorded the song after he had been signed to Columbia Records. This article is about the American hip hop group. ... Like That is a song by The Black Eyed Peas that features guest vocals by Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, and John Legend. ... Ordinary People is a Grammy-winning song, which was released by John Legend in 2005. ...


Legend appears on the soundtrack to the film The Second Chance with the song, "Refuge". The Second Chance is a Christian Evangelical film which is Michael W. Smiths first foray into the world of acting. ...


John Legend appeared on an episode of the television series "Las Vegas" in February 2007 in which he performed his single "Save Room" solo at the end of the episode For other uses, see Las Vegas (disambiguation) and Vegas (disambiguation). ...

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The first single from his second album, Once Again, was "Save Room". The album was released October 24, 2006, and boasts production from Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, and will.i.am. Once Again is the second studio album by R&B/Soul singer John Legend, and the first single is Save Room. ... Save Room is the first single from John Legends sophomore album, Once Again. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Raphael Saadiq (born Charlie Ray Wiggins on May 14, 1966 in Oakland, California) is an acclaimed American music artist. ... For other persons named William Adams, see William Adams (disambiguation). ...


In an interview with MTV.com, Legend said the new album would contain his favorite song that he has written to date, entitled "Again." He said he actually came up with the idea for the song and wrote some of it while sitting on a subway. He stated that the song was also the inspiration for the album's title.[citation needed]


The video for his latest single, "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)", features Alexandre Rodrigues and Alice Braga from the critically acclaimed film, City of God. P.D.A. (We Just Dont Care) is the third single released from John Legends sophomore album Once Again (2006). ... Alexandre Rodrigues as Busca-pé/Rocket Alexandre Rodrigues (born 1983 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian actor. ... Alice Braga (b. ... City of God (Portuguese: Cidade de Deus) is an Academy Award-nominated 2002 Brazilian film, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. ...


Legend recently launched the Show Me Campaign[5], through which his fans are encouraged to donate funds toward improving the living situations and prospects of victims of extreme poverty in Mbola, Tanzania. Legend, in early 2008, began touring with Prof. Jeff Sachs Columbia University's Earth Institute to promote sustainable development as an achievable goal.


John Legend is also working with Michael Jackson for his next album. Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Michael Jackson is currently working on a new studio album. ...


Legend appears in a recent commercial for a Lexus SUV, in which Legend is shown listening to Nina Simone's "Backlash Blues" (recorded live in Paris, 1968, on The Great Show LP) and describing his experience with the music. He is also notable for performing closing music in many of Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs' keynote presentations. Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation. ... This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ... Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known by her stage name Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and civil rights activist. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... Apple Inc. ... Steven Paul Jobs (born February 24, 1955) is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. ...


On 7 July 2007, Legend participated in the Live Earth concert in London, performing "Ordinary People". On July 8, 2007, he participated in the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, with India.Arie. On July 11, 2007, he participated in the Jazz Open Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, with Amy Winehouse. is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Live Earth concert in the United Kingdom was held at Wembley Stadium, London, England on 7 July 2007. ... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Montreux Jazz Festival is the best-known music festival in Switzerland. ... Montreux is a resort town in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, on Lake Geneva with a population of 22,897. ... India. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see Stuttgart (disambiguation). ... Amy-Jade Winehouse (born 14 September 1983) is an English soul, jazz, R&B singer and songwriter. ...


On July 26, 2007, he hosted a John Legend Network Members Only Party and Concert called "The Kings & Queens Bash" at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA. There were 500 participants in attendance and he introduced the acts from his new label, Homeschool Records to his John Legend Network fans: Estelle, his brother, Vaughn Anthony Stephens, Lucy Woodward and The James Gang. Nikki Jean, a local Philadelphia artist also performed. A highlight was John Legend's rendition of the hit song Ordinary People which he performed with jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet. The John Legend Network facilated a contest where a fan could win a chance to sing "King & Queen" with John Legend (the duet that John Legend recorded with Mary J. Blige) and the winner was Dorothy Saintus of Crest Hill, Illinois, where she and John Legend performed the duet live in front of everyone there. is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Estelle can refer to several meanings: // Look up Estelle in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Lucy on the cover of her album While You Can Lucy Woodward (b. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B, soul, and hip hop soul singer, songwriter, occasional rapper, record producer, and actress who has sold over forty million records worldwide. ...


He appeared on the season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm, singing a cover of You Don't Know Me. Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American sitcom starring Seinfeld writer, co-creator, and executive producer Larry David as himself. ...


Legend returned to his hometown of Blackpool on Christmas Eve 2007 for a Coming Home Christmas Benefit Concert in the auditorium of North High School. The performance featured several local talent from Springfield, including Legend's younger brother Vaughn Anthony Stephens, who helped organize the concert. The performance also featured a tribute to Jason Collier, and proceeds went to a scholarship fund set up in his name for local high schoolers.[6] The Christmas Eve (1904-05), watercolor painting by the Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24th, the preceding day or vigil before Christmas Day, is treated to a greater or a lesser extent in most Christian societies as part of the Christmas season. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Jason Collier #40 of the Atlanta Hawks goes up for a shot against Brian Scalabrine #21 of the New Jersey Nets during a game on December 11, 2004 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


In January, 2008, he sang in a video for Barack Obama produced by Will.I.Am called Yes We Can.[1] “Barack” redirects here. ... For other persons named William Adams, see William Adams (disambiguation). ...


John is currently working on his third untitled studio album. Rapper Andre 3000 of OutKast will be featured on the new album on a song titled either "Green Light" or "Ready To Go". "It's going to be a surprise for a lot of John Legend fans, because it is a lot more upbeat than John is — than people think John is," Andre insisted. "I was actually happy to hear it. This is a cool John Legend song."[7] Andr 3000 (born Andr Benjamin on May 27, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an African American hip hop artist and producer; one half of the successful and avant-garde hip-hop duo OutKast. ... OutKast is a Grammy award winning American hip hop duo based out of East Point, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. ...


On an episode of The Colbert Report which aired March 7, 2008, Legend performed "The Girl Is Mine" with Stephen Colbert. It was a remake of the Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney hit. The Colbert Report (IPA ) is an American satirical television program that airs from 11:30 p. ... The Girl Is Mine was a hit duet for singers Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney in 1982. ... This article is about Stephen Colbert, the actor. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer and animal-rights activist. ...


John Legend is scheduled to perform "America The Beautiful" at WrestleMania XXIV on Sunday March 30, 2008 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.[8] WrestleMania XXIV is the forthcoming twenty-fourth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... This article is about the football stadium. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 261. ...


Discography

Studio albums

  • Once Again
    • Released: October 24, 2006
    • Chart positions: 3 U.S., 10 UK
    • U.S. Sales: 1,166,334[9]
    • RIAA certification: Platinum
    • Worldwide sales: 2.5 million[10]
  • Third Studio Album
    • Released: August 2008

Get Lifted is a 2004 studio album by R&B/Soul singer John Legend, released via Kanye Wests G.O.O.D. Music label on December 28 (Legends birthday). ... is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... Once Again is the second studio album by R&B/Soul singer John Legend, and the first single is Save Room. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Live albums

  • 2001: Live at Jimmy's Uptown
  • 2002: Live at SOB's
  • 2003: Solo Sessions Vol. 1: Live at the Knitting Factory
  • 2006: John Legend: Live at the House of Blues
  • 2007: John Legend: Live at the Tin Angel
  • 2008: John Legend: Live from Philadelphia exclusively at Target (U.S. Sales: 123,700[11])

Live At SOBs Recorded in June & December 2002 at the legendary SOBs in New York. ...

Novelty albums

  • 2007: John Legend: Sounds of the Season

Singles

Year Song Chart positions[12] Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B Hot Adult R&B Airplay UK Italy
2004 "Used to Love U" 74 32 29 36 Get Lifted
2005 "Ordinary People" 24 4 27 30
"Number One" (featuring Kanye West) 86 62
"So High" (featuring Lauryn Hill) 105 53 20 118
2006 "Save Room" 61 17 10 6 Once Again
"Heaven" 112 26 21
2007 "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)"[13] 196
"Stereo" 47
"Another Again" 30 6
"Slow Dance" 81 40
"Each Day Gets Better" - - - -

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, formerly known by various names including Hot Soul Singles, Hot Black Singles, and Hot R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ... Used to Love U is a 2004 single from John Legend off his debut album Get Lifted. ... Get Lifted is a 2004 studio album by R&B/Soul singer John Legend, released via Kanye Wests G.O.O.D. Music label on December 28 (Legends birthday). ... Ordinary People is a Grammy-winning song, which was released by John Legend in 2005. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑnjɛj/) (born June 8, 1977) is an American record producer and rapper who rose to fame in the mid 2000s. ... So High is a fourth and the last single off John Legends debut album Get Lifted. ... Lauryn Noel Hill (born May 25, 1975) is an American singer, rapper, musician, record producer and film actress. ... Save Room is the first single from John Legends sophomore album, Once Again. ... Once Again is the second studio album by R&B/Soul singer John Legend, and the first single is Save Room. ... Heaven is the second single off John Legends sophomore album, Once Again. ... P.D.A. (We Just Dont Care) is the third single released from John Legends sophomore album Once Again (2006). ...

Guest appearances

Year Song Artist Album
2003 "Lucifer" Jay-Z The Black Album
"Encore" Jay-Z The Black Album
"Swing By My Way" Will.i.am Must B 21
"Summer Kiss" Gerald Veasley Velvet
2004 "Hey Girl" Estelle The 18th Day
"Freedom" Estelle The 18th Day
"This Way" Dilated Peoples Neighborhood Watch
"U Know" White Boy No Gray Area
"So Soulful" Consequence Take 'Em to the Cleaners
"Getting Out the Game" Consequence Take 'Em to the Cleaners
"Selfish" Slum Village Detroit Deli
"Around My Way" Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle
2005 "It's Alright" Kanye West The College Dropout bonus CD
"Faithful" Common Be
"They Say" Common Be
"Grown Man Pt. 2" Young Gunz Brothers From Another
"I've Been Waiting On You" Miri Ben-Ari The Hip-Hop Violinist
"Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" John Legend Hitch Soundtrack
"Like That" Black Eyed Peas Like That Single
"Love Won't Let Me Wait" Luther Vandross So Amazing
"Touch" Ray Charles Genius & Friends
"Hello, It's Me" John Legend iTunes Exclusive
"Please Don't Stop" Richard Bona Tiki
"High Road" Fort Minor The Rising Tied
"Home" Kanye West Freshmen Adjustment
2006 "Please Baby Don't" Sergio Mendes Timeless
"Sing You Sinners" Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic
"Finally" Fergie The Dutchess
"Do U Wanna Ride" Jay-Z Kingdom Come
"King & Queen" Mary J. Blige Reflections - A Retrospective
"Tōkage (遠影)" Chemistry (band) Tōkage (遠影)
2007 "Feel This Way" Consequence Don't Quit Your Day Job
"Loneliness" Keyshia Cole Just Like You
"Where We Were Wrong" Keyshia Cole Just Like You
"Ghetto Rich" Rich Boy Rich Boy
"Eternity" Big & Rich Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace
"Celebrate" Cassidy B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story
"Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)" Estelle Shine
"You Are" Estelle Shine

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Mixtape appearances

  • 2003: I'm Good - Kanye West ("Intro" featuring John Legend)
  • 2003: "Got Nowhere" (remix) - Kanye West
  • 2003: "Last Night" featuring John Legend - Kanye West
  • 2003: Get Well Soon - Kanye West ("Home" featuring John Legend - uncredited)
  • 2004: "Used to Love U" (remix) featuring Naledge - John Legend
  • 2006: "Do What I Gotta Do" - John Legend [The Good Life Mixtape]
  • 2006: "Back In the Day" - The Last Poets featuring John Legend [The Good Life Mixtape]
  • 2006: "So High (Cloud 9 remix)" - John Legend featuring Lauryn Hill [The Good Life Mixtape]
  • 2006: "All Falls Down (Live)" - Kanye West featuring John Legend [The Good Life Mixtape]

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Awards

  • BET Awards
    • 2007, Best Male R&B Artist (nominated)
    • 2005, Best New Artist
    • 2005, Best Male R&B Artist: (nominated)
    • 2005, Video of the Year: "Ordinary People" (nominated)
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2007, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: "Heaven"
    • 2007, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: "Family Affair"
    • 2007, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Save Room" (nominated)
    • 2006, Best New Artist
    • 2006, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: "So High" (nominated)
    • 2006, Best R&B Album: Get Lifted
    • 2006, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "Stay With You" (nominated)
    • 2006, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: Ordinary People
    • 2006, Best R&B Song: "Ordinary People" (nominated)
    • 2006, Song of the Year: "Ordinary People" (nominated)
    • 2006, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "They Say" (nominated)
  • MOBO Awards
    • 2005, Best Video: "Ordinary People" (nominated)
    • 2005, Best R&B Act
    • 2005, Best Album: Get Lifted (nominated)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 2005, Best Male Video: "Ordinary People" (nominated)
    • 2005, Best New Artist: "Ordinary People" (nominated)
    • 2005, Best R&B Video: "Ordinary People" (nominated)
  • Soul Train Awards
    • 2007, Best R&B/Soul Single Male: "Save Room"
    • 2007, Best R&B/Soul Album Male: Once Again (Nominated)
    • 2006, Best R&B/Soul Single Male: "Ordinary People"
    • 2006, Best R&B/Soul Album Male: Get Lifted
    • 2005, Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist: "Used to Love U" (nominated)
  • Vibe Awards
    • 2005, Best R&B Song: "Ordinary People" (nominated)
    • 2005, Album of the Year: Get Lifted (nominated)
    • 2005, Artist of the Year: (nominated)
    • 2005, R&B Voice of the Year: (nominated)

The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major American music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, shooting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. ... Ordinary People is a Grammy-winning song, which was released by John Legend in 2005. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Heaven is the second single off John Legends sophomore album, Once Again. ... Family Affair is a 1971 number-one hit single recorded by Sly & the Family Stone for the Epic Records label. ... Save Room is the first single from John Legends sophomore album, Once Again. ... So High is the debut single from U.K. R&B star Jamelia. ... Get Lifted is a 2004 studio album by R&B/Soul singer John Legend, released via Kanye Wests G.O.O.D. Music label on December 28 (Legends birthday). ... Stay With You is the first track of the Goo Goo Dolls eighth studio album (Let Love In). ... Ordinary People is a Grammy-winning song, which was released by John Legend in 2005. ... The MOBO (an acronym for Music Of Black Origin) Awards are held annually in the UK to recognise leading black musicians. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ... The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ... Used to Love U is a 2004 single from John Legend off his debut album Get Lifted. ... Janet Jackson on the cover of Vibe in 1998. ...

Philanthropy

After reading Professor Jeffrey Sachs' book, "The End of Poverty", John Legend was inspired to visit Ghana to learn more about making life better for others. This is when he started The Show Me Campaign in 2007. With this campaign, Legend is calling on his fans to help him in his initiative for those who reside in Bossaso Village and few other non-profit organizations that the campaign partners with. Jeffrey Sachs Jeffrey David Sachs (born November 5, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American economist known for his work as an economic advisor to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Africa. ... The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (ISBN 1-59420-045-9) is a 2005 book by American economist Jeffrey Sachs, with a foreword by U2 frontman and humanitarian Bono. ...


In 2007, John Legend became the spokesman for GQ Magazine's THE GENTLEMEN'S FUND™, an initiative to raise support and awareness for five cornerstones essential to men: opportunity, health, education, environment, and justice. Model Heidi Klum on the cover of GQ. Actor Nicholas Cage on the cover of the March, 1997 issue of GQ (U.S. edition) Gentlemens Quarterly, most often known simply as GQ, is a monthly mens magazine that focuses on mens fashion and style. ...


In May 2007, John Legend partnered with Tide to raise awareness about the need of families in St. Bernard's Parish- one of the most devastated areas hit by Hurricane Katrina. He spent a day folding laundry at The Tide Clean Start mobile laundromat and visited homes that Tide is helping to rebuild in that community. This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ...


In October 2007, John Legend got involved with the Gap's (PROJECT) Red Campaign called (2 WEEKS). The T-shirt features a compelling message about the direct impact that you can make on a person's life with your purchase. Gap's contribution to the Global Fund from the sale of each (2 WEEKS) t-shirt is equivalent to the average cost of 2 weeks of antiretroviral medicine in Africa, which enables people living with HIV to lead healthy, normal lives. For other uses, see Gap. ...


John Legend is also the National Spokesperson for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). MLT is a national non-profit that has made ground-breaking progress developing the next generation of African American, Hispanic and Native American leaders in major corporations, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurial ventures. Summary Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), http://www. ...


References

  1. ^ REVIEW: UPenn Counterparts - Housekeeping
  2. ^ For The Record: Quick News On R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx, Green Day, Hilary Duff, Diddy, Tommy Lee & More - MTV News
  3. ^ John Legend and Carrie Underwood Set for All-Star Halftime Show - NBA
  4. ^ Musical performers announced for Major League Baseball All-Star Week - Major League Baseball
  5. ^ Show Me Campaign
  6. ^ John Legend home for Christmas concert
  7. ^ http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1582526/story.jhtml
  8. ^ www.wrestling101.com/101/newsitem/5245/
  9. ^ http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=50942&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=25
  10. ^ Graff, Gary (November 16, 2007). Legend Tapping Kanye, Pharrell for New Album. Billboard. Accessed November 18, 2007.
  11. ^ http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/13801 Accessed February 21, 2008
  12. ^ Artist Chart History. Billboard. Accessed November 18, 2007.
  13. ^ http://www.hmv.co.uk/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1&sku=602764 "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)" single confirmation.

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