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Name: John Legend                                                                         
Birth name: John Stephens                                                                 
Born: 28 December 1978 Springfield, Ohio, United States                                   
John Legend (born John Stephens on 28 December 1978) is an American R&B singer,           
songwriter, and pianist. His debut studio album, the platinum-selling Get Lifted,         
was released in late 2004, and features collaborations with rapper and producer           
Kanye West as well as Snoop Dogg. Get Lifted produced two singles: "Used to Love         
U" (US top 100, UK top 30) and "Ordinary People" (US and UK top 30). Legend has           
won five Grammy Awards. Prior to the release of his debut album, Legend's career         
gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple               
established artists. Notably, Legend sang the hooks for hits by Slum Village ("Selfish", 
also featuring Kanye West), Jay-Z ("Encore"), and Dilated Peoples ("This Way",           
also featuring Kanye West); played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything is                 
Everything"; and sang background vocals on Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name"         
and Fort Minor's "High Road."