(LENOX, Mass.) – Pop/R&B singer-songwriter John Legend brings his Bigger Love 2020 tour to Tanglewood on Friday, August 28, at 8pm. Rootsy Southern soul duo The War and Treaty will warm up the crowd for Legend.
Multiplatinum artist John Legend has garnered eleven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award, making Legend the first African-American man to earn an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).
In November 2019, Legend was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive.
Legend has released six celebrated albums including Get Lifted (2004), Once Again (2006), Evolver (2008), Love in the Future (2013), Darkness and Light (2016), and A Legendary Christmas (2018).
Legend’s 2005 Grammy Award-winning hit song “Ordinary People” made explicit his debt to Stevie Wonder, borrowing heavily from the latter’s “My Cherie Amour” as well as patterning his vocal style on that of Wonder.
Legend got his first big break when Lauryn Hill hired him to play piano on her single, “Everything Is Everything.” He was signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music. Legend has sung on tracks by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys,. In 2008, he sang in the famous “Yes We Can” video for Barack Obama, produced by will.i.am.
Legend starred in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert in 2018, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special and nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series). Legend joined “The Voice” for Season 16 (2019), winning with his mentee Maelyn Jarmon and is currently a judge on Season 17.
Legend is a partner in Get Lifted Film Co., serving as an Executive Producer for “Southern Rites,” “United Skates,” WGN America’s “Underground,” and films “Southside with You” and “La La Land.”
As a philanthropist, Legend initiated the #FREEAMERICA campaign in 2015 to change the national conversation surrounding our country’s misguided criminal justice policies and to end mass incarceration.
Two other recent additions to the Tanglewood Popular Artists lineup include Brandi Carlile in her Tanglewood debut (June 26) and The Mavericks with Los Lobos (June 28).
Previously announced performers in the series include Ringo Starr (June 19); Phish’s Trey Anastasio with the Boston Pops (June 20); Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie (June 21), and NPR’s news quiz “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me” with host Peter Sagal (Aug 27).