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REAL NAME: John Stephens
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BIRTHDAY: December 28, 1978
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "All Of Me" (2014)
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BIGGEST LP: Get Lifted (2004)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 10

 
TIMELINE

John Legendbutton.gif (123 bytes) John Legend was born John Stephens in Ohio where he grew up before heading to Philadelphia at the age of 16. Throughout his childhood, Legend had mastered playing the piano and played piano on Lauryn Hill's single "Everything Is Everything" while still a teen. Legend went on to finish college, move to New York and work with an array of musicians before releasing his debut LP.

2004...

December
John Legend - Get Liftedbutton.gif (123 bytes) Legend released his debut LP Get Lifted.

2005...# 118 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with
Get Lifted.

February
John Legend - "Ordinary People" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Get Lifted was certified platinum.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend hit the Top 40 with "
Ordinary People."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend was nominated for 3
MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Video ("Ordinary People").

September
So Amazing... An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross compilationbutton.gif (123 bytes) Legend could be heard on the compilation LP So Amazing... An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross with "Love Won't Let Me Wait."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "
Ordinary People" was certified gold.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend was nominated for an
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.

2006..

February
48th Grammy Awardsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Legend won 3 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Best R&B Album (Get Lifted), and Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male ("Ordinary People"), and was nominated for Song of the Year (awarded to the songwriter), Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Ordinary People"), Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance ("Stay With You"), Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("So High" with Lauryn Hill), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("They Say" with Common and Kanye West). Legend also performed at the ceremony.
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend could be heard on Sergio Mendes' Timeless.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend won 2 Soul Train Music Awards for Best Album, Male (
Get Lifted) and Best Single, Male ("Ordinary People").

September
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Tony Bennett's LP Duets: American Classic on the track "Sing, You Sinners."

October
John Legend - Once Againbutton.gif (123 bytes) Legend released Once Again.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with
Once Again.
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend could be heard on
Jay-Z's LP Kingdom Come on the track "Do U Wanna Ride."

December
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Once Again was certified platinum.

2007..

February
49th Grammy Awardsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Legend won 2 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male ("Heaven") and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Family Affair" with Sly & The Family Stone, Joss Stone and Van Hunt) from the LP Different Strokes By Different Folks), and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male ("Save Room"). Legend performed at the ceremony.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) On July 7th, Legend performed at the
Live Earth concert in the UK. The 7-continent concert organized by Al Gore brought together over 100 artists to perform and raise the world's awareness about the climate crisis and how to make a difference to help the environment and the world.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend could be heard on the
Aretha Franklin LP Jewels In The Crown: Duets With The Queen Of Soul on the track "What Y'All Came To Do."

2008...

September
John Legend - Evolverbutton.gif (123 bytes) Legend could be heard on the T.I. LP Paper Trail on the track "Slide Show."

October 28: Legend released Evolver.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with
Evolver.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend topped the Rolling Stone 'Readers Poll' for Best R&B Artist of 2008.

2009... # 78 Singles Artist of the Year

January
John Legend featuring Andre 3000 - "Green Light" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Legend hit the Top 40 with help from Andre 3000 with "Green Light."
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Evolver was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend won a
Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Stay With Me (By The Sea)" with Al Green) and was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Green Light" with Andre 3000).

2010...

January
John Legend & The Roots - 'Wake Up!'button.gif (123 bytes) Legend was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male ("This Time").

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend teamed up with The Roots for the LP
Wake Up!

2011..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend won 2
Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album (Wake Up!) and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance ("Hang On In The There" with The Roots), and was nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Shine" with The Roots) and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Wake Up!" with The Roots).

March
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Snoop Dogg LP Doggumentary Music on the track "Eyez Closed" and on the Lupe Fiasco LP Lasers on the track "Never Forget You."

August
'Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer' compilationbutton.gif (123 bytes) Legend could be heard on the Lil Wayne LP Tha Carter IV on the track "So Special."

2012..

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend could be heard on the compilation
Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer on the tracks "Bliss" and "Sin City."

2013...

February
John Legend - 'Love In The Future'button.gif (123 bytes) Legend was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" with Ludacris).

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Legend released
Love In The Future.

  • June 14: Legend topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart with "All Of Me."
  • 'Selma' soundtrackJanuary 11: Legend won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song ("Glory" from the movie Selma).



LPs
John Legend - Get Lifted
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Get Lifted
Released: December, 2004
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 4
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: A-
Tracks: "Prelude" - "Let's Get Lifted" - "Used To Love U" - "Alright" - "She Don't Have To Know" - "Number 1" - "I Can Change" - "Ordinary People" - "Stay With You" - "Let's Get Lifted Again" - "So High" - "Refuge (When It's Cold Outside)" - "It Don't Have To Change" - "Live It Up"
John Legend - Once Again
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Once Again
Released: October, 2006
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 3
Rolling Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Save Room" - "Heaven" - "Stereo" - "Show Me" - "Each Day Gets Better" - "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)" - "Slow Dance" - "Again" - "Maxine" - "Where Did My Baby Go" - "Maxine's Interlude" - "Another Again" - "Coming Home"
John Legend - Evolver
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Evolver
Released: October 28, 2008
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 4
Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B+
Tracks: "Good Morning" (Intro) - "Green Light" (featuring Andre 3000) - "It's Over" (featuring Kanye West) - "Everybody Knows" - "Quickly" (featuring Brandy) - "Cross The Line" - "No Other Love" (featuring Estelle) - "This Time" - "Satisfaction" - "Take Me Away" - "Good Morning" - "I Love, You Love" - "If You're Out There"
John Legend & The Roots - 'Wake Up!'
Amazon.mp3
Wake Up! (with The Roots)
Released: September, 2010
Tracks: "Hard Times" (featuring Black Thought) - "Compared To What" - "Wake Up Everybody" (featuring Common & Melanie Fiona) - "Our Generation (The Hope Of The World)" (featuring CL Smooth) - "Little Ghetto" (Prelude) (featuring Malik Yusef) - "Little Ghetto Boy" (featuring Black Thought) - "Hank On In There" - "Humanity (Love The Way It Should Be)" - "Wholy Holy" - "I Can't Write Left Handed" - "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To be Free" - "Shine"
John Legend - 'Love In The Future'
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
Love In The Future
Released: September 3, 2013
US: Gold
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 4
Grammy Nominee: Best R&B Album
Tracks
: "Love In The Future" (Intro) - "The Beginning..." - "Open Your Eyes" - "Made To Love" - "Who Do We Think We Are" - "All Of Me" - "Hold On Longer" - "Save The Night" - "Tomorrow" - "What If I Told You?" - "Dreams" - "Wanna Be Loved" - "Angel" (Interlude) - "You & I (Nobody In The World)" - "Asylum" - "Caught Up"
John Legend - 'Darkness And Light'
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
vinyl
Darkness And Light
Released: December 2, 2016
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 14
Tracks: "I Know Better" - "Penthouse Floor" - "Darkness And Light" - "Overload" - "Love Me Now" - "What You Do To Me" - "Surefire" - "Right By You" - "Temporarily Painless" - "How Can I Blame You" - "Same Old Story" - "Marching Into Dark"
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 All Of Me

from the LP
Love In The Future
ARC chart run: 33 - 27 - 21 - 13 - 7 - 6 - 6 - 4 - 3 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 4 - 7 - 10 - 14 - 23 - 32 - 40 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 5
RIAA Certification: 8x Platinum
Grammy Nominee: Best Pop Solo Performance
MTV VMA Nominee: Best Male Video
1(4) 23 2014 John Legend - "All Of Me" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
2 Like I'm Gonna Lose You
[Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend]

from the Meghan Trainor LP
Title
ARC chart run: 40 - 37 - 37 - 36 - 33 - 27 - 27 - 24 - 21 - 19 - 17 - 15 - 13 - 12 - 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 9 - 14 - 31 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 23
RIAA Certification: 2x Platinum
Billboard # 1: Adult Pop Songs
5 25 2016 Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend - "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
3 Love Me Now

from the LP
Darkness And Light
ARC chart run: 33 - 29 - 23 - 22 - 21 - 21 - 20 - 20 - 20 - 20 - 17 - 16 - 16 - 18 - 19 - 22 - 27 - 30 - off
RIAA Certification: Gold
16 18 2017 John Legend - "Love Me Now" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
4 Green Light
[John Legend featuring Andre 3000]

from the LP
Evolver
21 12 2009 John Legend featuring Andre 3000 - "Green Light" (Single)
5 Ordinary People

from the LP
Get Lifted
ARC chart run: 39 - 35 - 33 - off
33 3 2005 John Legend - "Ordinary People" (Single)
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  So High
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Get Lifted
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  Save Room
Once Again
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  Heaven
Once Again
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  Another Again
Once Again
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  Slow Dance
Once Again
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  Everybody Knows
Evolver
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