Grammy Award Winner To Host FSU Event

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Tallahassee, FL - January 20, 2013

The Florida State University Golden Tribe Lecture Series, a collaborative, student-focused effort, will host an evening with musician and education advocate John Legend on Jan. 22 at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall on the FSU campus.

“An Evening with John Legend” will take place Tuesday January 22, 2013.

The doors will open at 6 p.m., the event will begin at 7 p.m. at Florida State's Ruby Diamond Concert Hall

Admission to the all-ages event is free for FSU students with a valid gold FSU ID. Ticket distribution for students only will take place at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 22. Students may obtain only one ticket per valid gold FSU ID.

Tickets are first-come, first-served and general admission seating will be provided. Upon availability, remaining tickets will be distributed to both students and non-students after 6:15 p.m.

A nine-time Grammy Award winner, Legend is known for his signature vocals and songwriting style, which have earned him legions of worldwide fans along with a string of Top 10, platinum-selling albums.

His albums “Get Lifted” (2004), “Once Again” (2006) and “Evolver” (2008) each reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts. He has collaborated with some of the top performers in the music industry and has written for bestselling artists including Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Legend’s debut album, “Get Lifted,” earned eight Grammy nominations; won Best New Artist, Best R&B album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Ordinary People”; and sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.

His follow-up album, “Once Again,” earned an RIAA Platinum certification and a Grammy award for “Heaven,” which also won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. In 2008, Legend released “Evolver,” his third Top 10 album, and embarked on an extensive world tour with his 10-piece band.

Most recently, Legend and the band The Roots released “Wake Up!” (2010), a compilation of music from the 1960s and ’70s, all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and social consciousness.

The album won Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. “Wake Up!” is highlighted with tracks such as “Little Ghetto Boy” by Donny Hathaway, and Baby Huey and the Babysitters' “Hard Times.” “Wake Up!” also includes Legend’s original composition “Shine,” which won a Grammy award for Best R&B Song and is featured in Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim’s domestic education reform documentary “Waiting for Superman.”

Throughout his career, Legend has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, Legend launched the Show Me Campaign (, an initiative that uses education to break the cycle of poverty.

He was awarded the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare, and the 2012 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award.

Legend sits on the Boards of Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies. He serves on the Advisory Council for Turnaround and is an “IRC Voice” for the International Rescue Committee.

Legend is also the national spokesman for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that assists the next generation of minority business leaders. In 2007, Legend was named spokesman for GQ magazine's “Gentlemen's Fund,” an initiative to raise support and awareness for five cornerstones essential to men: opportunity, health, education, environment and justice.

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of PopTech, a unique innovation network with a mission to accelerate the positive impact of world changing people, projects and ideas.

Legend stars in “The People Speak,” a film about social change in the United States, and is a frequent guest on political talk shows including “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Anderson Cooper 360” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Legend partners with Samsung to support education initiatives, with a special focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In response to devastation surrounding Hurricane Katrina, he worked with Tide laundry detergent to address the needs of families in hard-hit areas. Legend partners with Product (RED), which benefits the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Legend was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, and in his tribute to Legend, Quincy Jones explained: “He is a genius . . . we've seen only the tip of the iceberg. For all that he has already achieved in his career, it is going to be fun watching where he goes from here.”

Florida State’s Golden Tribe Lecture Series was re-established in fall 2010 to provide the student body with a series of speakers sponsored by the Student Government Association in collaboration with Union Productions.

The Golden Tribe Lecture Series is an academically focused speaker series, which attempts to connect students to outstanding individuals who are either experts in their field or working at the forefront of a relevant political or social issue.

The mission of the series is to engage students in issues and dialogue that will positively benefit their overall academic, scholastic, or humanitarian experience.

For more information, contact Barrett White, lectures coordinator for Union Productions, at (850) 261-5531 or