John Legend

John Legend

Highest Rated: 100% Hitsville: The Making of Motown (2019)

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.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood Unknown (Character) - 2020
89% 72% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Producer - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet With Drawn Arms Executive Producer - 2020
74% 43% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Self - 2019
100% 77% Hitsville: The Making of Motown Self - 2019
100% 58% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Unknown (Character) - 2018
57% No Score Yet All Rise Executive Producer - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crow: The Legend Crow (Character),
Executive Producer,
Music
- 2017
92% 71% Southside With You Executive Producer $6.3M 2016
91% 81% La La Land Keith (Character) $151.1M 2016
No Score Yet 43% Breaking Through Executive Producer - 2015
No Score Yet 83% Can You Dig This 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 63% The Voice Music Performer,
Guest,
Judge
2016-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul of a Nation Music Performer 2021
No Score Yet 49% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
Guest
2018-2021 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Music Performer,
Guest
2018-2021 2016 2014 2008-2010
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Music Performer,
Guest
2019-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Music Performer 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2016-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Music Performer,
Guest
2020 2013-2016 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Extra Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet 37% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Austin City Limits Music Performer 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Guest 2016-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
Guest
2020 2016-2017 2013-2014 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2020 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tamron Hall Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Budweiser Stage at Home Music Performer 2020
99% 81% Sherman's Showcase Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest,
Producer
2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Music Performer 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2020 2014-2015
94% 64% Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children Executive Producer 2020
67% No Score Yet Chrissy's Court Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer,
Guest,
Host
2018-2020 2015-2016 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2019-2020
85% 76% The Simpsons Self (Guest Voice) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cityline Guest 2020
93% 73% This Is Us John Legend (Guest Star) 2020
82% 16% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character) 2019
95% 77% 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 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Music Performer,
Guest
2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2019
57% 89% Songland Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2019 2016 2012 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet q Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2019 2016 2012-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jonathan Ross Show Music Performer,
Guest
2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2018 2014 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2018
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 Music Performer 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet 2017 Billboard Music Awards Music Performer 2017
96% 87% Underground Frederick Douglass (Guest Star),
Executive Producer
2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Music Performer 2017
No Score Yet 39% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer,
Guest
2017 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Canada Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Breakfast Club Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Breakfast Club Power Hour Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sing It On Executive Producer 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest Hits Music Performer 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kocktails With Khloé Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Music Performer,
Guest
2015 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Music Performer,
Guest
2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle Contestant 2015
63% No Score Yet CMT Crossroads Unknown (Character) 2014
68% No Score Yet American Idol Music Performer,
Guest
2014 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Music Performer 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bethenny Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Music Performer 2013
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Music Performer 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our World With Black Enterprise Guest 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 Unknown (Character) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wall Street Journal Report With Maria Bartiromo Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2012 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gayle King Show Guest 2011
94% 74% Royal Pains Himself (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Weekly With Ed Gordon Guest 2010
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
2010 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet ES.TV Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet MTV Live Unknown (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Music Performer 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightline Music Performer 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Music Performer 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Early Show Music Performer 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Music Performer 2006-2008
92% 95% Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2007

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