Congrats are in store for John Legend, as the smooth voiced crooner was honored with the 2016 Presidential Award for ‘distinguished public service’ at the NAACP Image Awards Feb. 5. This could not happen to a nicer guy!
Aww! John Legend, 37, was the well deserved recipient of the NAACP’s Presidential Award and we are so thrilled for the daddy-to-be. His pregnant wife Chrissy Teigen, 30, was on hand as he graciously spoke about what the honor meant to him. The President’s Award is given for special achievement and distinguished public service, and the singer nails both of those distinctions, with his charitable work and his 2015 Oscar for co-writing the song “Glory” from the Martin Luther King drama Selma.
Following a video montage highlighting John’s amazing career and how much he makes sure to give back to others, Empire‘s Jussie Smollet appeared and sang a rendition of John’s classic “Ordinary People” before Alice Smith came on to sing a powerful version of his Oscar winning song with Common. Then it was time for the man himself, as the nine-time Grammy winner took the stage to perform “All Of Me,” while Chrissy gazed on lovingly from the audience. Of course he got a giant standing ovation following it as he was presented with the Presidential Award.
John said he accepted the award, with “Humility and gratitude..I wan to thank my wonderful wife for supporting and inspiring me in everything I do,” before giving a lengthy statement and powerful about racial injustice in this country and how much work still needs to be done.
Over the course of his long career, John has done tons of great charitable work to improve life in minority communities. In 2004 he partnered with the MacArthur Foundation to launch LRNG, a program that helps teacher develop tech-savvy learning projects that appeal to kids who have grown up with the internet being a major presence in their lives.
He also founded the “Show Me Campaign” back in 2007, which is a program that strives to break the cycle of poverty through education, For his philanthropic efforts, he’s been feted with the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year award. Pick up John’s super romantic “All Of Me” just in time for Valentine’s Day by clicking here.
According to NAACP president and CEO Cornell William Brooks, John was chosen to receive the honor because he “is a perennial favorite among our members at the Image Awards, working to promote access to high-quality education and mentoring, and in addition, working toward criminal justice reform.” Congrats on the award John, it’s SO well deserved!
HollywoodLifers, are you happy the NAACP chose to recognize John with such a huge honor?