A member of the exclusive EGOT winners circle, including ten Grammy Award wins, singer-songwriter and producer John Legend is a multi-talented artist known for his signature vocals and songwriting style which has earned him legions of worldwide fans, along with a string of Top 10 platinum-selling albums.
His albums Get Lifted (2004), Once Again (2006), and Evolver (2008) each reached #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts, while his albums Love in the Future (2008) and Darkness and Light(2016) reached the top 5 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop.
Legend has collaborated with some of the best in the business and has written for numerous artists on bestselling recordings, including Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Legend's debut album, Get Lifted, earned eight Grammy nominations; won Best New Artist, Best R&B album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the song "Ordinary People", while selling more than three million copies worldwide.
His follow-up album, Once Again, earned an RIAA platinum certification and a Grammy award for Heaven, which also won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Legend and the band The Roots released Wake Up! (2010), a compilation of music from the 60's and 70's all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement, and social consciousness, which won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.
The album is highlighted with tracks like Little Ghetto Boy by Donny Hathaway and Baby Huey and the Babysitters' Hard Times. Wake Up! also includes John's original composition Shine, which won a Grammy award for Best R&B Song and is featured in Oscar award winner Davis Guggenheim's domestic education reform documentary Waiting for Superman.
Throughout his career, Legend has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, John Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, an organization that works to break the cycle of poverty through education.
In 2015, Legend launched #FREEAMERICA, a multi-year cultural change campaign focused on ending mass incarceration. He has been awarded the BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the Bishop John T.
Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare, and the Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award. Legend sits on the Boards of Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies.
He serves on the Advisory Council for Turnaround and is an "IRC Voice" for the International Rescue Committee. He was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2017 and "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 2019.
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