3 Reasons Why It Pays to Be John Legend

by Raphael Chestang 4:43 PM PST, January 20, 2015
Playing 3 Reasons Why It Pays to Be John Legend

John Legend is riding high after his Oscar nomination for the song "Glory" on the Selma soundtrack.

We were one-on-one with Legend behind the scenes of new commercial benefitting aspiring artists, and we're counting down the top three reasons why it doesn't suck to be him.

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3. He's super talented. The singer-songwriter has won nine GRAMMY awards and received the special Starlight award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007. Legend started 2015 with a bang, having won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for "Glory." Legend shares the award with Common.

2. He's married to Chrissy Teigen. The couple met on the set of Legend's 2007 music video "Stereo," and wed in September 2013. Legend admitted to Los Angeles Confidential magazine that for him, meeting Teigen wasn't love at first sight. "I'm the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling," he said. "It was probably a couple years in when I could already see us being together forever." And Teigen isn't just a supermodel, she can cook! "She makes all kinds of good foods," Legend told ET. "Soups and veal osso buco and roasted chicken -- she makes all kinds of great things. I'm a very lucky man."

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1. He's loaded. Legend's worth is estimated at $20 million. His smash single "All of Me" is now a wedding anthem, has spent 59 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is nominated for two GRAMMYs. "When I used to watch the GRAMMYs when I was a kid, I used to imagine myself on the GRAMMYs," Legend told ET. "I would see Michael Jackson and Prince and all these other great artists performing on the show and I thought one day that I should be up there too."

He doesn't make money just from music. We were with Legend on the set of a new ad for Axe, which teamed up with Legend to create the White Label Collective. The goal of the Collective is to mentor aspiring young artists and give them the confidence to follow their dreams.

"I think I've had a few leap moments in life," Legend said. "One of them was just deciding to learn to play the piano. I think doing that when I was four years old was a huge moment in my life that changed everything."