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Award for Producer/Showrunner Team of a Series

John Legend
Executive Producer, WGN America’s “Underground”

Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multiaward winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. His
work has garnered him nine Grammy® awards, an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe® award, the BET
Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, among others.

As a producer, Legend is one of the principles for Get Lifted Film Co., a film and television production company based in Los Angeles with several projects sold to top television networks including Showtime, NBC, HBO, WGNA, USA, MTV, OWN and FOX. Currently signed to an overall production agreement with Legendary Television, Get Lifted Film Co. serves as executive producers on the HBO documentary “Southern Rites” and Pop Network docu-series “Sing it On,” both which premiered in May 2015. Additionally, the company has several projects in various stages of development/production including The Black Count (2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner) to be written and directed by Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”) for Sony Pictures, and an upcoming project with producer Will Packer and Universal Pictures.

On the music scene, after displaying his considerable gifts as a vocalist and pianist supporting artists such
as Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Legend’s debut solo album, “Get Lifted,” was released in
December of 2004 through Columbia Records. The critically acclaimed album spawned the artist’s first
hit single, “Ordinary People,” and scored Legend multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B
Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Follow up albums—including 2006’s
platinum-selling “Once Again” and 2008’s “Evolver”—proved equally impressive, scoring multiple
industry awards and featured impressive collaborations with Kanye West, will.i.am, Raphael Saadiq and
Andre 3000. Legend’s highly acclaimed fourth and most current studio album “Love In the Future,”
features the single “All of Me,” Legend’s highest selling and charting song to date, reaching #1 on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on both Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts. Most recently, Legend
won his first Academy Award, first Golden Globe award, and won the 2015 Critic’s Choice award for his
song “Glory,” that he wrote and performed with Common, for the 2014 film Selma.

Throughout his career, Legend has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, he
launched the Show Me Campaign (ShowMeCampaign.org), an initiative that focuses on education as a key
to break the cycle of poverty which has garnered multiple prestigious humanitarian awards. Legend also
sits on the boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children and the
Harlem Village Academies and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board.
Additionally, he supports LRNG, a movement dedicated to inspiring innovation in the learning process to
one that better reflects the world we live in today. In 2015 Legend initiated the #freeAmerica campaign,
designed to change the national conversation of our country’s misguided policies and to make a change in
America’s criminal justice system.