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John Legend

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Grammy- and Academy Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist John Legend, born John Stephens, was a child prodigy who grew up in Ohio, where he began singing gospel and playing piano at the age of five. Stephens left his home state at 16 to attend college in Philadelphia, and it was there that he first found a larger audience. Not yet out of his teens, Stephens was tapped to play piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything," a Top 40 hit for the Fugees member's 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. After completing college, Stephens moved to New York, where he built a loyal following playing in nightclubs and releasing CDs, such as Live at Jimmy's Uptown (2001) and Live at SOB's (2003), that he sold at shows. He also became an in-demand session musician, playing and occasionally writing for a wide array of artists, including Alicia Keys, Twista, Janet Jackson, and Kanye West. It wasn't until West signed the young talent to his G.O.O.D. Music label that the Legend name was fully adopted with 2004's Solo Sessions Vol. 1: Live at the Knitting Factory. Get Lifted, Legend's first studio album, was released that December. On the strength of the enduring single "Ordinary People," the album reached the Top Five of the Billboard 200. This led to three Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. Once Again, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and at number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, followed in October 2006 and eventually went platinum. Live from Philadelphia -- available only at Target -- became a Top Ten album, despite its limited retail presence. October 2008's Evolver, a more pop-oriented set, spun off the sprightly crossover hit "Green Light" but managed only gold-selling status. Legend started the following decade with another change of course. Wake Up!, in which he was backed by the Roots, was released in September 2010 with covers of still-relevant, socially aware songs like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody" and Donny Hathaway's "Little Ghetto Boy." It won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. After he toured with Sade, Legend collaborated with producers and writers including West and longtime creative partner Dave Tozer for Love in the Future, released in September 2013. It was his fifth consecutive release to peak within the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. The album also earned him his first number one hit, "All of Me," which peaked in the spring of 2014 but sold so well it ended up one of the Top Five best-selling singles of the year. Near the end of the year, he released the single "Glory." Written and recorded with Common for the soundtrack of the film Selma, it won the Academy Award early in 2015 for Best Original Song. Through it all, Legend has continued to add to his extensive discography as a featured artist, appearing on many dozens of recordings by fellow artists including will.i.am, Estelle, Sergio Mendes, Big & Rich, the Roots, Lupe Fiasco, Common, and Melanie Fiona. ~ Wade Kergan & Andy Kellman
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Albums by
John Legend

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    16 songs

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    Love in the Future

    22 songs

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    Love in the Future [Deluxe Edition]

    12 songs

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    Wake Up!

    13 songs

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    Evolver

    14 songs

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    Get Lifted

    27 songs

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    Once Again/Get Lifted

    23 songs

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    Once Again

    4 songs

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    Heaven

    4 songs

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    Number One (Maxi Single)

    1 song

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    Start

    1 song

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    Tear Drops

    1 song

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    Under The Stars

    1 song

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    I Meant It

    1 song

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    Ordinary

    1 song

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    My Imagination

    1 song

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    Go to Work

    1 song

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    You & I (Nobody in the World) (R3hab Remix - Radio Edit)

    1 song

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    All of Me

    1 song

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    All of Me

    1 song

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    All of Me (Tiësto's Birthday Treatment Remix [Radio Edit])

    2 songs

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    Made To Love

    2 songs

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    No Other Love / Can't Be My Lover - Cool Breeze Mixes

    1 song

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    So High (Cloud 9 Remix)

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    Sun Comes Up

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Top Songs by
John Legend

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   All of Me
  3.   Green Light
  4.   Ordinary People
  5.   Tonight (Best You Ever Had)
  6.   Who Do We Think We Are?
  7.   You & I (Nobody in the World)
  8.   So High
  9.   Another Again
  10.   Used to Love U
  11.   Save Room
  12.   Slow Dance
  13.   Everybody Knows
  14.   Show Me
  15.   Shine
  16.   Heaven
  17.   Each Day Gets Better
  18.   Wanna Be Loved
  19.   P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)
  20.   The Beginning
  21.   Pride In The Name Of Love
  22.   Start
  23.   Stay With You
  24.   Made To Love
  25.   Again
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Stations & Shows Featuring
John Legend

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    John Legend: I Am The DJ

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    Slacker 20: Wedded Bliss

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    Slacker 20: 2015

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    44 All-Time Greatest Love Songs

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    Smooth Jams

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    New R&B Now

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    SXSW 2016: Hip Hop/R&B

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    Frank Ocean: DNA

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    Adult R&B

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    Most Wanted: The Top 50 Love Songs in Slacker History

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    Kanye West: DNA

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    Hip Hop Workout

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    Going Green

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    Hip Hop/R&B Hits

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    Jennifer Nettles: I Am The DJ

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    66 Wussiest Songs Ever

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    Sam Smith: DNA

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    Top 100 Artists in Slacker History

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    R&B Deep Dive

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    2010s Hits

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    Andy Grammer: I Am The DJ

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    A Great Big World: I Am The DJ

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    Pop Pool Party

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    Kids

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