Singer John Legend

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Soul singer and pianist John Legend says he was born to sing. He's got the music industry buzzing, being compared to musical greats like Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. After years of backing up performers like Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and Kanye West, this sexy crooner is now front and center—with a style all his own. His blockbuster debut album, Get Lifted, has sold more than 2 million copies and has been nominated for a whopping eight Grammys,* including best new artist and song of the year.

John's love for music began at the tender age of four, when he began singing gospel and playing the piano. "We just grew up with music all around us," says John. "We had a piano in the house and my grandmother played the piano ... I started taking lessons when I was four and I haven't stopped since."

* John took home three Grammy Awards in 2006—Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album!
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