John Legend explains how he got his stage name

John Legend explains how he got his stage name

3/2/2021 6:47:00 PM

John Legend explains how he got his stage name

The EGOT winner explains how he decided to stick with using 'Legend' as his last name.

said the nickname got a boost from West, which led him to try and figure out whether he should stick with it.“And one time, Kanye put a mixtape out, and he called me John Legend on the mixtape. And it just started to spread among more of the people that were listening to our music,” he said.

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“And then, at some point, I had to decide, ‘Am I going to stick with John Stephens?,’ which I was perfectly fine with. I wasn’t looking for a stage name. ‘Or am I going to go with this more audacious name and call myself a legend before I even have a record deal?’”

June 20, 202003:07The “All of Me” singer, 42, said calling himself “Legend” was daring, but also a way to push himself to succeed in the music business.“That was a challenge,” he said. “And, so, I was like, ‘I know this is a bold move, but I’m not going to go into this expecting to fail. I’m going to go into it hoping that I can try to live up to this. And I’ve spent the rest of my career trying to do so.” has achieved commercial and critical success, with millions of fans around the world — including one of his own kids that he shares with wife Chrissy Teigen. He says daughter Luna, 4, likes Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez, while son Miles, 2, gravitates toward the “Frozen” soundtrack and his father’s music.

“So, Miles is still requesting my albums. He really likes ‘I Do,” from my ‘Bigger Love’ album and he also loves the Christmas album, so he’ll listen to my Christmas album all year round,” he said.Drew Weisholtz Read more: »

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