It wasn’t until West signed the young talent to his G.O.O.D. Music label that the Legend name was fully adopted with 2004’s Solo Sessions Vol. 1: Live at the Knitting Factory. Get Lifted, Legend’s first studio album, was released that December. On the strength of the enduring single “Ordinary People,” the album reached the Top Five of the Billboard 200. This led to three Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. Once Again, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and at number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, followed in October 2006 and eventually went platinum. Live from Philadelphia — available only at Target — became a Top Ten album, despite its limited retail presence. October 2008’s Evolver, a more pop-oriented set, spun off the sprightly crossover hit “Green Light” but managed only gold-selling status.
Legend started the following decade with another change of course. Wake Up!, in which he was backed by the Roots, was released in September 2010 with covers of still-relevant, socially aware songs like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ “Wake Up Everybody” and Donny Hathaway’s “Little Ghetto Boy.” It won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. After he toured with Sade, Legend collaborated with producers and writers including West and longtime creative partner Dave Tozer for Love in the Future, released in September 2013. It was his fifth consecutive release to peak within the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. The album also earned him his first number one hit, “All of Me,” which peaked in the spring of 2014 but sold so well it ended up one of the Top Five best-selling singles of the year. Near the end of the year, he released the single “Glory.” Written and recorded with Common for the soundtrack of the film Selma, it won the Academy Award early in 2015 for Best Original Song. Through it all, Legend has continued to add to his extensive discography as a featured artist, appearing on many dozens of recordings by fellow artists including will.i.am, Estelle, Sergio Mendes, Big & Rich, the Roots, Lupe Fiasco, Common, and Melanie Fiona.
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