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      John Legend

      John Legend

      Highest Rated: 100% The Legend of the Underground (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 45% Soul Men (2008)

      Birthday: Dec 28, 1978

      Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, USA

      John Legend's brand of classy, soulful and politically-engaged music filled a niche on the contemporary R&B scene, beginning with his critically successful debut album Get Lifted (2004). The album marked the first time that mainstream music lovers heard Legend's smooth vocals bringing a certain suavity to hip-hop soul, most notably in the hit single "Ordinary People." Legend's sophomore release, Once Again (2006), exceeded the commercial and critical success that he enjoyed with his first album. Instead of shooting for a blend of soul, pop, and hip-hop as he did in his first release, the Grammy Award-winning singer headed for a more innovative, adult contemporary direction on Once Again, which featured the catchy mid-tempo "Save Room" and the rock-laced song "Stereo." Legend showcased his political convictions and maturing sound on albums such as Wake Up! (2010), a collaboration with hip-hop group The Roots and a solid effort from an undeniably versatile musician and vocal powerhouse. This social conscience led to Legend's greatest success, co-writing the Academy Award-winning "Glory" with rapper Common for the soundtrack to the civil rights drama "Selma (2014). He was born John Stephens on Dec. 28, 1978 in Springfield, OH. At an early age, Legend started playing gospel and classical piano under the tutelage of his grandmother. He attended Springfield North High School, where he graduated as salutatorian at age 16, before going off to attend the University of Pennsylvania as an English major. While in college, Legend put in time honing his budding music career by recording CDs with an a capella group, performing solo at various talent shows and open mic nights, and working as the music and choir director at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Scranton. It was during this time when Legend met hip-hop and R&B artist Lauryn Hill, who gave him his first big break by asking him to play the piano on her hit single "Everything is Everything" (1998). Helping his exposer, he was also making the rounds on the nightclub circuit in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Legend was performing as an independent artist and distributing both his self-titled demo album (2000) and Live At Jimmy's Uptown (2001) when he was introduced by his college roommate to the then-emerging hip-hop artist Kanye West, who signed Legend as the first artist on his Getting Out Our Dreams (G.O.O.D.) label. In 2004, Legend released his official debut album Get Lifted to critical acclaim, thanks in part to the hit single "Ordinary People," a song which he originally wrote for the Black Eyed Peas. The LP went on to win three Grammy Awards in 2006 for Best R&B Album, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance, and the coveted Best New Artist honor. On Legend's sophomore release, Once Again, he collaborated with a stable of talented producers including West and Peas' frontman, will.i.am, to produce another critically-lauded, ballad-driven album with a more adult contemporary sound, evidenced with songs such as the mid-tempo, piano-based love ballad "Save Room" and the Grammy Award-winning track "Heaven (Only Knows). It also featured one of Legend's more upbeat tracks, "PDA (We Just Don't Care), about public displays of affection. While Once Again lifted Legend's career to new heights, it also made the singer the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit in 2011. Songwriter Anthony Stokes alleged that Legend's song "Maxine's Interlude" was based on a demo track that he gave Legend following the singer's concert in 2004. Stokes claimed that he never heard back from Legend after he gave him the track and was taken aback after hearing Legend's single "Maxine's Interlude" on the Once Again album. In between song recordings, concert tours and live performances, Legend also dabbled in acting, guest starring on the musical drama series "American Dreams" (NBC, 2002-05), where he portrayed Stevie Wonder, and on the HBO comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2000-2011) as himself. He also collaborated with established artists over the years, including West, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, and Pink. For his next major release, Legend and hip-hop/neo soul band The Roots teamed up to record Wake Up!, a politically-profound R&B album where they covered songs pulled from '60s and '70s soulful music such as Marvin Gaye's "Wholy Holy" (1971) and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody" (1975). It also featured Legend's original composition, "Shine," which was included on the soundtrack to the educational reform documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010). In 2011, Legend announced his engagement to American model Chrissy Teigen, whom he had begun dating in 2007. That same year, the singer's hit song "Save Room" was included on the soundtrack to the romantic comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love" starring Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell. In 2012, Legend landed a regular television gig on "Duets" (ABC, 2012), a reality competition show where seasoned artists mentored, judged, and performed with aspiring singers, all of whom were competing for a recording contract. The following year, Legend released his fourth album, Love in the Future, which featured the hit single "All of Me." Legend teamed with rapper Common to write the song "Glory" for the soundtrack to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" (2014); the collaboration won Best Original Song at the 2015 Academy Awards. Legend followed with the album Darkness and Light (2016) and continued his work in film, co-starring in and providing music for the romantic musical "La La Land" (2016) and duetting on the theme song of the live-action "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) with Ariana Grande. The following year, Legend starred in the title role of a live concert production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" (NBC 2018) that aired on Easter Sunday.

      Highest rated movies

      Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
      La La Land
      Soundtrack for a Revolution
      Soul Men

      Photos

      John Legend at arrivals for The 38th Annual American Music Awards - ARRIVALS, Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA November 20, 2011. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection John Legend !!! UNITED KINGDOM OUT !!! for The 87th Academy Awards Oscars 2015 - Arrivals 3, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA February 22, 2015. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection John Legend at arrivals for 81st Annual Academy Awards - ARRIVALS, Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 2/22/2009. Photo By: James Amherst/Everett Collection John Legend at arrivals for 81st Annual Academy Awards - ARRIVALS, Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 2/22/2009. Photo By: James Amherst/Everett Collection John Legend in attendance for Tribeca Talks: Storytellers - John Legend at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018, School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre, New York, NY April 19, 2018. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection John Legend in attendance for Tribeca Talks: Storytellers - John Legend at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018, School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre, New York, NY April 19, 2018. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection John Legend at arrivals for Behind the Scenes: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, The Paley Center for Media, New York, NY February 26, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection John Legend at arrivals for Billboard Music Awards 2017 - Arrivals, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV May 21, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection John Legend at a public appearance for WGN America''s UNDERGROUND Photo-Op, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, CA December 13, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection John Legend at a public appearance for WGN America''s UNDERGROUND Photo-Op, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, CA December 13, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection John Legend at arrivals for 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2017 - Arrivals, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA January 8, 2017. Photo By: Adrian Newton/Everett Collection John Legend at arrivals for LA LA LAND Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2016, Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, ON September 12, 2016. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection John Legend at arrivals for LA LA LAND Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2016, Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, ON September 12, 2016. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection John Legend at arrivals for Wall Street Journal WSJ Magazine 2018 Innovator Awards, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY November 7, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection John Legend in attendance for H&M Herald Center Flagship Opening With John Legend, H&M Herald Center Store, New York, NY May 20, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection John Legend in attendance for H&M Herald Center Flagship Opening With John Legend, H&M Herald Center Store, New York, NY May 20, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection John Legend in attendance for H&M Herald Center Flagship Opening With John Legend, H&M Herald Center Store, New York, NY May 20, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection John Legend in attendance for H&M Herald Center Flagship Opening With John Legend, H&M Herald Center Store, New York, NY May 20, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection John Legend at arrivals for 50th NAACP Image Awards, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles, CA March 30, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection !!! UNITED KINGDOM OUT !!!, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen at arrivals for The 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 - Arrivals Part 1, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA February 8, 2015. Photo By: Charlie Williams/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stand Up & Shout: Songs From a Philly High School Executive Producer - 2023
      89% No Score Yet We Dare to Dream Unknown (Voice) - 2023
      No Score Yet 80% A Grammy Salute to The Beach Boys Self - 2023
      67% 100% Loudmouth Executive Producer - 2022
      97% 85% Citizen Ashe Executive Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet 19% Jonas Brothers Family Roast Self - 2021
      100% No Score Yet The Legend of the Underground Executive Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days Unknown (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sergio Mendes in the Key of Joy Self - 2020
      100% 83% A Crime on the Bayou Executive Producer - 2020
      No Score Yet 50% My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood Unknown (Character) - 2020
      90% 70% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Producer - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet With Drawn Arms Executive Producer - 2020
      100% 82% Hitsville: The Making of Motown Self - 2019
      73% 44% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Self - 2019
      69% 69% Monster Executive Producer - 2018
      100% 58% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Unknown (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert Jesus Christ (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 80% Crow: The Legend Crow (Character),
      Executive Producer,
      Music
      - 2017
      91% 81% La La Land Keith (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $151.1M 2016
      91% 71% Southside With You Executive Producer $6.3M 2016
      No Score Yet 83% Can You Dig This Executive Producer - 2015
      No Score Yet 44% Breaking Through Executive Producer - 2015
      81% 78% Soundtrack for a Revolution Unknown (Character) - 2009
      45% 58% Soul Men Marcus Hooks (Character) $12.1M 2008

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 61% The Voice Music Performer,
      Judge,
      Guest
      2016-2024
      No Score Yet 10% The View Music Performer,
      Guest
      2013 2015 2023
      No Score Yet 31% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 24% The Jennifer Hudson Show Music Performer 2023
      100% No Score Yet Sherman's Showcase Unknown (Guest Star),
      Guest,
      Producer
      2019-2020 2022
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
      Guest
      2015-2016 2018-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer,
      Guest,
      Host
      2013 2015-2016 2018-2020 2022
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Music Performer,
      Guest
      2019-2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul of a Nation Music Performer 2021
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019-2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Austin City Limits Music Performer 2020
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
      Guest
      2008 2013-2014 2016-2017 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Music Performer 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2014-2015 2020
      94% 73% Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children Executive Producer 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chrissy's Court Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2019-2020
      85% 76% The Simpsons Self (Guest Voice) 2020
      94% 80% This Is Us John Legend (Guest Star) 2020
      82% 15% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character) 2019
      95% 78% Rhythm + Flow Executive Producer 2019
      100% No Score Yet AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook Unknown (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet StoryBots Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Music Performer,
      Guest
      2016 2019
      57% 85% Songland Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2010 2012 2016 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2012-2014 2016 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Artists Den Music Performer 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Carpool Karaoke: The Series Music Performer 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 2017 Billboard Music Awards Music Performer 2017
      96% 88% Underground Frederick Douglass (Guest Star),
      Executive Producer
      2017
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer,
      Guest
      2015 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest Hits Music Performer 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Guest 2015-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle Contestant 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CMT Crossroads Unknown (Character) 2014
      68% No Score Yet American Idol Music Performer,
      Guest
      2008 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Music Performer 2013
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Music Performer 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Project Runway Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Duets Self 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2010 2012
      94% 75% Royal Pains Himself (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Music Performer,
      Guest
      2008 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Music Performer 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Music Performer 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Music Performer 2006-2008
      92% 90% Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Underground on OWN Host