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John Legend recently told his fans on Reddit to “Ask Me Anything.” From his favorite song to the secret to his songwriting talent, here’s what we recently learned about the musical phenomenon that is John Legend.
John Legend participated in a boycott launched in early 2014 when the owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sultan of Brunei, passed Shari’a law in his country, authorizing the stoning of adulterers and gays. But sources say on May 30, Legend accepted a $300,000 gig to perform at the location, The Hollywood Reporter said.
A rep told THR that Legend refused to attend a February Los Angeles Confidential entertainment industry party because of Sultan’s “horrific” laws.
“These policies, which among other things could permit women and LGBT Bruneians to be stoned to death, are heinous and certainly don’t represent John’s values or the spirit of the event. John does not, in any way, wish to further enrich the Sultan while he continues to enforce these brutal laws,” the rep said.
The February 5 bash, THR reports, was launched to celebrate Legend’s cover and celebrate his successful award season, which concluded with a “Best Original Song” Oscar for Glory, which was featured in Selma.
But a couple weeks ago, Legend performed for Alexandra Lippman, daughter Los Angeles realtor Jim Lippman, at her wedding, which was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Instagram posts of the ceremony confirmed that Legend sang two songs, including his hit tune All of Me, for the gig.
When THR requested a comment, Legend’s camp said, “We never comment on private events.”
Do you think Legend was wrong for performing at the hotel?
At tonight’s Billboard Music Awards, singers John Legend and Meghan Trainor got together to perform a beautiful ballad titled “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”
Honestly, it was my first time hearing the song, but fans of Meghan are quite familiar with the duet, as it’s featured on and is the third single released from her 2015 album Title. But I immediately fell in love with it.
On the song, John and Meghan sing about realizing that tomorrow is not promised and refusing to take love for granted. I’ll definitely be adding this one to my playlist.
The performance was so amazing that John’s wife Chrissy Teigen played fake jealous afterward.
“Wow, you guys had a lot of natural chemistry,” Chrissy said. “But I guess that’s okay.”
Check out a clip snippet from their performance below.
It’s prom season again, and we had so much fun sharing throwback pictures of the stars on the biggest night of their young lives last year that we had to do it again. Here are a few more throwback photos of your favorite celebrities at prom!
The rapper’s former prom date posted this throwback picture of “Onika” way before the fame, Meek Mill, the colorful wigs, and the ample buttocks. She was styling on ’em in velvet!
John Legend will now add movie producer to his long resume.
He is set to produce a musical film through IM Global and with Furst Film producers, Sean and Bryan Furst. The musical will be a romantic drama starring none other than “Adorn” singer Miguel who will play a one-hit wonder named Story. Story’s love for music is reaffirmed when he meets an aspiring singer who wants him to become her vocal coach to prepare for a singing competition. The film will be written by Taylor Cohen and will be the directorial debut of video and commercial director Nabil Elderkin. Elderkin is known for directing popular music videos for Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Common and Kanye West to name a few.
Of the upcoming project, Legend said in a statement: “Mike, Ty and I are really excited about producing our long time friend and collaborator Nabil Elderkin’s directorial debut. He’s a major talent and being able to cast Miguel in the male lead puts us in the position to really build an incredible film with strong musical elements. We look forward to working with this dream team we’ve assembled to deliver something special.”
The Wrap reports the filming for the musical romantic drama will start this September in Philadelphia. We will keep you up to date on the developments on this film.
Soul singers Sam Smith and John Legend have teamed up for a duet titled, “Lay Me Down.” Debuting today, the single has been released on iTunes for sale and will serve as the theme song for the UK-based charity Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, reports TIME Magazine.
According to the Comic Relief site, Red Nose Day occurs every two years to raise funds for people who are discriminated against and living in poverty in the UK and Africa. Proceeds from Smith’s and Legend’s “Lay Me Down” duet will be donated to the charity.
The two released a music video for the song for their fans. Watch it below.
With only three days left to enter John Legend’s contest/ Show Me Campaign charity fund, you can win your chance at a private John Legend concert at your wedding or, better yet, just because.
Depending on the amount you donate, you will also have a chance to get a phone call from John or receive a vinyl record of his most recent album. Each donated entry will go towards rebuilding the school auditorium at the former South High School in Springfield, Ohio. In a message from John, he says of the prize:
Let me perform an exclusive show for you and your loved ones for a very special reason—or none at all. I’ll be there with a library of songs perfect for whatever the occasion and setting. Your wedding? Cool, I’m into that. Backyard BBQ? I can hang. Toddler’s birthday party? Sure, as long as there’s no clown. I’ll dedicate a song to you and yours, let you perch yourself on the piano and maybe we’ll even do a Chopsticks duet! (I’ll take the hard part). See you for your big moment, whatever you decide that is.
The Show Me Campaign was initially launched in 2007 by John, in order to break the cycle of poverty by supporting programs that will provide children with quality education. In the past, Show Me has sponsored scholarships for girls in Africa and plans to convert the South High School auditorium into an educational community center once this fund drive has completed.
Enter and pledge your donation, so you can have your very own John Legend concert!
I had a feeling Beyoncé was going to come through at this year’s Grammy Awards. I just had a feeling. And turns out my intuition was on point, once again. And even though I looove to be right, I feel a way about the way this is going down.
I’ll explain; but first, the receipts.
Everyday this week, we’ve been learning who was and wasn’t performing. On the no list: Taylor Swift. On the yes list: Kanye West, Katy Perry, Sam Smith and Mary J Blige (together), Ariana Grande, Common and John Legend.
In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Common spilled the tea, confirming that Beyoncé would take the stage as well. Here’s what he said:
“We do have an incredible introduction to our performance. A segue into our song ‘Glory,’ as a tribute to Selma, being done by the great Beyoncé. That’s one of the greatest talents you can have, helping us segue into it. To co-create a performance with someone like her. It’s good.”
If y’all don’t know, I love Beyoncé. I love her albums, she seems like a nice person, I defend her against people who are hellbent on denying her very real and glaring greatness. She literally inspires me.
But with all that being said, I feel a way about her performing with Common and John Legend.
According to Billboard, Bey will perform “Take My Hand Precious Lord” to honor Selma. Like, I said I ride for Bey and even though this is a tall order to fill, considering gospel great Mahalia Jackson sang it so memorably, I think she can do it. That’s not the issue.
If you’ve seen the movie Selma, you know that there is a scene in which David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, calls Ledisi, who portrays Mahalia Jackson, and she sings this very song to him. And Ledisi sang that song. I’m not one of those people who believes we only have room for one “fave.” If you’ve found yourself sleeping on Ledisi for far too long, in my best Dap from School Daze voice, “WAKE UP!” Her honeyed rich vocals and impeccable scatting abilities are unmatched in the industry.
And considering the fact that she actually starred in the movie Selma, along with Common, it only seems right that she would be the one to perform this song on this “great” stage.
But apparently, the industry doesn’t work like that.
At the end of the day, Beyoncé is a much bigger name. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that, with her light skin and straight hair, Bey Bey fits more neatly into the mainstream mold of beauty. But that’s not her fault. Genetics do what they do. I don’t even think Beyoncé is at fault for accepting the invitation to perform the song. Hell, if they asked me to perform “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” I might get up there and do a Negro spiritual hum. Who wouldn’t want to be associated with this classic and beautifully-made film?
But why couldn’t the two sing together, with Ledisi singing “Take My Hand Precious Lord” and Beyoncé singing… something else?
Anything else is just shady boots.
Judging by Ledisi’s Instagram, which I do follow, I know that she’s in LA for Grammy week and she’s also nominated for Best R&B performance of her song “Like This.” So there is absolutely no reason, other than exposure and industry shadiness, to keep her from doing what she consistently does, deliver a goose bump inducing and memorable vocal performance.
Basically, this should have been Ledisi’s moment.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have been married for more than a year now, but the public is still pretty curious about how married life has changed things for them. According to John, it has definitely slowed down his wild living while out on the road.
“Well, once you’re off the market, touring is different. [Laughs] I’ve been off the market since before I got married, but the early part of touring was going out, chasing girls, doing all of that, but once you retire from that game, it’s much more mellow,” he told Details.
“It’s more relaxing. I get more rest. It’s just more calm, and I’m more focused on being a good artist.”
Although his lady love may have caused him to hit the brakes on his roadie lifestyle, creatively, he continues to flourish. The nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer scored two nominations this year. He has a nomination in the bag for Best Rap Song for his role as a co-writer on Kanye’s “Bound 2.” He has also been nominated for Best Pop Performance for “All of Me (Live),” which was inspired by his wife. The newlywed says that if the Teigen-inspired track happens to win, it would be very meaningful.
“It definitely would mean a lot. That song is very personal. I sang it at my own wedding, and it’s been sung at a lot of other people’s weddings since then. That song is very special to me.”
Married life seems to be treating both John and Chrissy well. We’re wishing them all the best.
So, about those Oscar nominations…
This morning, the nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced, and while Selma was nominated, it was only for the categories of Best Picture, and Best Original Song for Common and John Legend’s Golden Globe-winning hit, “Glory.”
The lack of nominations for David Oyelowo in his role as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Best Director for Ava DuVernay, already have people talking, mostly for two reasons: For one, this will be the least diverse Oscars when it comes to acting nods since 1998, according to the Huffington Post (though we are reminded that the Academy is “93% white, 76% male with average age of 63″). And secondly, because Selma, and the film’s director, are amazing. Reactions on Twitter have been ones of confusion and disappointment:
“No Ava DuVernay, No David Oyelowo…That’s all folks. All Best Picture nom is a token invite.”
“Dear Academy. You show no love for [Ava DuVernay] so you get no love from me. I will not be watching the #Oscars this year.”
“The kind of movie #Selma Film would need to be to garner Academy love [Ava DuVernay] would never make that. She love her people too much”
“Sadly, it will be an all white #Oscars2015 ceremony…”
But if you ask DuVernay how she’s feeling (Oyelowo does not have a Twitter account by the way), she’s doing just fine without a Best Director’s nomination:
As for the rest of the nominees in the most important categories:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Best Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper, Jason Hall
The Imitation Game, Graham Moore
Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle
Best Original Screenplay
Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Boyhood, Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy
Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie; Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from Selma; Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me; Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again; Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
If you wish to check out the full list, click over to the Academy Awards website, and you can watch the live show on February 22nd at 7E/4P. What are your thoughts on this year’s nominations?