How Many Grammys Does John Legend Have?
Chances are, no matter what age group you’re in, you are familiar with John Legend and his music. Singer, songwriter, and record producer, Legend has been hitting the charts and the hearts of fans for some 15 years.
He’s gotten a bit into acting too, having played Keith in the film La La Land, and portraying Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert last year on television. And this year he has joined The Voice’s coaching staff.
Early Years of Legend’s Career
Born in Dec. 1978, Legend’s birth name was John Roger Stephens. Growing up Legend was homeschooled by his mother, sang in the church choir, and started playing the piano at 7. He graduated high school salutatorian of his class at the age of 16 and went on to study English at the University of Pennsylvania. He began writing, performing, and producing his own music.
Legend’s rise began in 2005 when he had received 15 award nominations and won two of them including Best New Artist from the Black Entertainment Awards (BET). His debut album, Get Lifted, won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best R&B Album, and he also won that year for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for Ordinary People.
In 2007, he won the Hal David Starlight Award (named in honor of longtime Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Hal David) following Alicia Keys and John Mayer in previous years.
A Star in the Making
By 2006 Legend won a second Grammy, this time for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the song, Heaven. He also won for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for Family Affair and was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Two years later, he again netted an Emmy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for Stay With Me (By the Sea).
Legend’s Killing It in the 2010’s
The nominations and awards kept coming. In 2010 more Grammy wins included Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for Hang On In There, a Best R&B Song for Shine, and Best R&B Album for Wake Up!
In 2014, Legend hit the trifecta by landing an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy with Common for their song, Glory, written for the film Selma. The same year he also won an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist. The song Glory also earned the artists a BET that year, as well as a Critics’ Choice Movie Award.
The song All of Me brought Legend two Billboard Music Awards for Top Radio Song and Top Streaming Song.
In Sept. 2018 Legend joined an exclusive club as the youngest and the first African-American to earn an EGOT, at least one each of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. At the Emmy Awards, he jointly won his first Emmy in coordination with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for Outstanding Live Variety Special for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Legend was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series, Movie or Variety Special for his work in that show.
It was only days later he announced his participation as a new coach for The Voice.
A Final Note
All in all, Legend has won 10 Grammy Awards from 29 nominations. His total award nominations and wins are too numerous to tally!
He has just released the first segment of his Can’t Just Preach mini-documentary on YouTube. It takes his latest song Preach a bit further by sharing the work of local community leaders in hopes of making the world a better place.
Legend married Chrissy Teigen in 2013. They met when she starred in one of his music videos, Stereo. She was the inspiration for his 2013 hit All of Me. Together they have two children.