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A highly sought after collaborator, Legend was featured on several records the following years.He appeared on albums by Fort Minor, Sérgio Mendes, Jay Z, Mary J.At the 2007 Grammy Awards ceremony, the song "Heaven" was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, while lead single "Save Room" received a nod in the Best Male Pop Vocal category.Legend won a second Grammy that year for "Family Affair", a collaboration with Sly & The Family Stone, Joss Stone and Van Hunt, for the former's Different Strokes by Different Folks album.Released to major commercial success, it reached number three on the Billboard 200 and debuted on top of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.It was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA, and reached gold status in Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.While in college, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill by a friend.Hill hired him to play piano on "Everything Is Everything", a song from her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
He received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his acting role, and won for his role as a producer of the show, making him one of 15 people and the first black man to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT).
After signing to West's label, he chose his stage name from an idea that was given to him by poet J.
Ivy, due to what he perceived as an "old-school sound". Ivy stated, "I heard your music and it reminds me of that music from the old school. As a matter of fact, that's what I'm going to call you from now on! Ivy continued to call him by the new moniker "John Legend", others quickly caught on, including Kanye West.
They expect you to kind of stay in the same place you were at when you started out.
Whereas I feel I want my career to be defined by the fact that I'm NOT gonna stay in the same place, and that I'm always gonna try new things and experiment.