John Legend Talks Grammy Wins And Kanye West Producing Next Album
With three brand new golden trophies on his shelf, John Legend now possesses six Grammys in total—an impressive feat for any artist.
His song “Shine” won the Grammy for best R&B song; “Hang on in There” won for best traditional R&B vocal performance; and his collaborative album with The Roots, Wake Up, won for best R&B album, beating out albums by Fantasia, Monica, Jaheim and Raheem DeVaughn.
“I don’t take it for granted. I never think that they’re owed to me in anyway. It’s nice when we can go on TV but there were no R&B awards on TV this year—unfortunately," Legend told reporters at the Grammy press room.
What started out as a passion project, Wake Up, quickly propelled to critical acclaim.
“We wanted to try and mix up with a few familiar songs but [also] some songs that would surprise people. We wanted to do some things that were unexpected,” he continues. “ A lot of people make cover albums and they’re almost like karaoke because they just do the biggest hits of a certain era. It was fun picking songs with [The Roots].”
While performing on tour with Sade, the thirty-two year old crooner will be running in and out of the studio, working on his next album with a familiar friend.
“I’m in the studio again working on another new album, this time I’m doing it with Kanye. We’ve already done did a week worth of work. And I think we’re off to a great start, we’re going to do a few more weeks in March."
Legend kicks off the tour on June 16th in Baltimore.—Mikey Fresh