John Legend will be honored with the inaugural Global Impact Award at the forthcoming Recording Academy Honors Presented by the Black Music Collective ahead of the Grammys on Saturday (April 2) in Las Vegas.
The Recording Academy – which is hosting the Grammys on April 3 – said in a statement that the Grammy winner was chosen for his “personal and professional achievements in the music industry”.
“John is one of the most important artists of our time, someone who leads by example and consistently pushes important boundaries between music, philanthropy and activism,” said Valeisha Butterfield Jones, co-president of the Recording Academy.
“His contributions and impact on music and our culture are unparalleled.”
Riggs Morales, chairman of the Black Music Collective, described the event as “a reflection of our ongoing work as we strive to celebrate the greatest and brightest in black music that transcends race and genre”.
Legend is celebrated with an appearance from Summer Walker, in addition to D-Nice DJing the event with the voice of MC Lyte, Adam Blackstone as musical director and remarks from Jimmy Jam, the first black Chairman of the Recording Academy Board of Trustees.
Legend began his musical career over 20 years ago, working behind the scenes with the likes of Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys.
He then signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label and released his first album, To get picked up, which later went double platinum.
In 2018, Legend made history as the first black man to win an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award).
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