John Legend Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career, and Awards.
John Legend Net Worth 2020 – John Roger Stephens, known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician is best known for his albums, such as ‘Once Again’, and ‘Darkness and Light’.
Born in Springfield, Ohio, in the United States, Legend showed a keen interest in music from an early age. He started performing in his church choir at the age of four.
Talking about his early life, John Legend was born on 28 December 1978. He experienced his childhood in Springfield, Ohio, USA. His birth name is John Roger Stephens.
His parents are Phyllis Elaine and Ronald Lamar Stephens, a factory worker and former National Guardsman. He has three siblings.
His nationality is American and he is of African-American ethnicity. He began playing the piano at age seven.
As per his education, Legend attended North High School. After high school graduation, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English with an emphasis on African-American literature.
While in college, Legend served as president and musical director of a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group called Counterparts. He graduated in 1999 and began his professional singing career in 2000.
During the early days of his career, John Roger Stephens used to perform in nightclubs, as well as hold shows throughout the country. He also collaborated with star musicians such as Alicia Keys and Kanye West.
His debut album ‘Get Lifted’ was released in 2004. With hit singles, such as ‘Ordinary People’, ‘Number One’, and ‘So High’, the album performed brilliantly, peaking at number seven on the Billboard 200.
It received mostly positive reviews. It won the 2006 ‘Grammy Award’ for the Best R&B Album.
Slowly, Stephens started gaining popularity and through the ensuing years, he was featured in several significant albums of popular stars, such as Fort Minor, Jay-Z, and Stephen Colbert.
It was during this time that he started being known as John Legend, instead of his legal name.
In 2006, his second studio album ‘Once Again’ was released. Debuting at number 3 on the US Billboard 200, the album became a big hit.
Its hit song ‘Heaven’ won Legend his second Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performances.
His next album ‘Evolver,’ released in 2008, was an even bigger success. Debuting at the fourth position on the US Billboard 200, the album has sold more than 600,000 copies in the US alone.
Two years later, he collaborated with the hip hop band The Roots, and released the album ‘Wake up!’ The album won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B album.
In 2013, he released his fourth album, ‘Love in the Future’. Peaking at fourth position on the US Billboard 200, the album was a huge success, selling 68,000 copies within just the first week of its release.
In 2015, he won an Oscar for the song ‘Glory’, which he had performed for the film ‘Selma’, along with rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn, also known as Common.
His fifth album ‘Darkness and Light’ was released in 2016. The same year, he also played a significant role in the Oscar-winning film ‘La La Land’.
- John Legend, over the course of his career, has been nominated for a total of forty-five awards out of which he has won thirty-one. In 2015, he won the Oscar for the ‘Best Original Song’ for his hit song ‘Glory,’ which was released the previous year. He has won a total of ten Grammy Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, five Soul Train Awards, and One Golden Globe Award.
- Personal Life
- John Legend dated Chrissy Teigen for four years before getting engaged in 2011. They married in 2013. They had their first child in 2016, a daughter whom they named Luna Simone.
- He is also involved in several social causes and charitable activities. He supports various organizations and causes, such as the New York-based organization Harlem Village Academies which runs several charter schools.
He has an estimated net worth of $40 million.