Tony Bennett, Elton John record duet

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Tony Bennett and Elton John have teamed up for a duet on one of Bennett's early hits, "Rags to Riches," for an album to celebrate Bennett's 80th birthday.

Underwood, Legend to sing at All-Star game

HOUSTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Three-time Grammy winner John Legend and "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood were named Wednesday as halftime entertainers for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.

U2 among big Grammy winners

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U2 was a big winner at the Grammy Awards Wednesday night, taking the album of the year honors for "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb."

R. Kelly leads Soul Train Awards nods

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- R. Kelly received three nods to lead all nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Linkin Park frontman tours solo project

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda is excited to take his solo project, Fort Minor, on a U.S. tour -- even if it costs him a bundle.

Springsteen, Coldplay to play Grammys

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and Sugarland were added Thursday to the list of performers for the 48th annual Grammy Awards. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences also announced a tribute to Sly & the Family Stone by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and

More acts added to Grammy Awards show

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Mary J. Blige will sing with U2 and Christina will perform with Herbie Hancock during the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, organizers announced Tuesday.

Carey, West and Legend tapped for Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey, Kanye West and John Legend were announced Wednesday as the first three performers confirmed for the upcoming Grammy Awards.

Dr. John, Aaron Neville sing at Super Bowl

DETROIT, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The National Football League has tapped Aaron Neville and Dr. John to perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl at Detroit's Ford Field.

Finalists announced for Pantheon Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Fiona Apple, Antony and the Johnsons and Arcade Fire were among the 10 finalists announced Thursday for the inaugural New Pantheon Awards.

Carey, West and Legend get 8 Grammy nods

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Rapper Kanye West, R&B crooner John Legend and pop diva Mariah Carey each received eight Grammy nominations announced Thursday in New York.

Stars shine at Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The 28th Annual Kennedy Center Honors celebrated Hollywood's Robert Redford and Julie Harris, singers Tony Bennett and Tina Turner and dancer Suzanne Farrell.

Linkin Park rapper goes solo

PARIS, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A desire to rap a bit more inspired Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda to start his new solo project, Fort Minor.

Celebrity charity song sets record

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A song written by actress Sharon Stone and Grammy-winning songwriter Denise Rich to help U.S. hurricane victims is selling like gangbusters on iTunes.

Green Day, Coldplay lead MTV Europe awards

LISBON, Portugal, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- British rockers Coldplay and U.S. punks Green Day grabbed two prizes each at the MTV Europe awards in Lisbon, Portugal, Thursday night.
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John Legend
John Legend performs in concert at Club Revolution in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 28, 2006. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

John Stephens (born December 28, 1978), better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American recording artist, musician and actor. He is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards, and in 2007, he received the special Starlight award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Prior to the release of his debut album, Stephens' career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. Stephens added his voice to those of other artists, assisting in them reaching chart-topper hits. He lent his voice to that of Kanye West, on Slum Village's "Selfish" and Dilated Peoples' "This Way". Other artists included Jay-Z's "Encore", and he sang backing vocals on Alicia Keys' 2003 song "You Don't Know My Name" and Fort Minor's "High Road." Stephens played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything."

Stephens was born on December 28, 1978, in Springfield, Ohio. He is the son of Phyllis, a seamstress, and Ronald, a factory worker and former National Guardsman. Throughout his childhood, Stephens was homeschooled on and off by his mother. At the age of four, he began playing the piano and at the age of seven, he performed with his church choir. When he was ten, his parents divorced, causing his mother to suffer a breakdown. At the age of 12, Stephens attended North High School, from which he graduated four years later. He graduated salutatorian.

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