The Man, The Myth, John Legend

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Couldn't snag tickets to see John Legend at Cultural Rhythms this weekend? Don't fret. Here are a few facts about the R&B crooner that you can use to impress your friends anyway:

1. His real name is John R. Stephens. His legendary stage name was created after a college friend heard him sing for the first time.

2. Although he got into Harvard, Legend opted to attend the University of Pennsylvania instead.

3. Legend is engaged to Christine Teigen, a former model on the game show "Deal or No Deal". She has also modeled for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

4. A toddler with a knack for music, Legend took his first piano lesson at age four.

5. He has a major sweet tooth. His fiancé keeps a blog of their favorite recipes, including chocolate chip Oreo cookies and cake batter popcorn.

6. The R&B star also has a nerdy side. Legend entered high school two years earlier than most, graduating at age 16.

7. In addition to working with artists like Alicia Keys and Snoop Dogg, Legend has also collaborated with Hoots the Owl from "Sesame Street".

8. Legend is the new face of Baileys Irish Cream liquor. Wonder how he takes his drink—over ice?

9. He got first big break into the music industry when a friend introduced him to Kanye West.

10. One of his many humanitarian efforts, Legend created the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit that works to break the cycle of poverty.

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