Grammy Award-winning musician John Legend, next Distinguished Speaker

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Nine-time Grammy Award winning recording artist, critically-acclaimed concert performer and philanthropist/social activist John Legend, will be the fourth speaker in Penn State's 2012-13 Student Programming Association's Distinguished Speaker Series. Legend will speak at 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 at Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State's University Park campus.

Legend was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2009. He kicked off his career as a recording artist with his debut album “Get Lifted” in 2004. It went on to sell more than 3 million copies worldwide and earned eight Grammy nominations, of which, three (Best New Artist, Best male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B album) were won. His 2006 follow up album, titled “Once Again” gained RIAA platinum certification and another Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. After these two hit albums, Legend released his third album, “Evolver,” in 2008, which was just as successful as the two that preceded it, if not more.

When Legend is not making smash hits and record-breaking albums, he is showcasing his philanthropic side. In 2007, he launched the “Show Me Campaign,” which is a nonprofit organization fighting poverty around the world. In addition to fighting poverty, Legend also sits on the boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board. Legend has been recognized for his activism on several occasions. Amongst his accolades includes the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year Award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change and the 2009 Africare’s Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award.

Legend's lecture is free and open to the public but tickets are required for admittance. Student tickets are limited to one per student with a valid Penn State University Park I.D. and are now available. Based on availability, tickets will be available to the general public starting Friday, Jan. 11.

Distinguished Speaker Series tickets are available at the following locations and times: Eisenhower Auditorium, corner of Shortlidge and Eisenhower roads, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; HUB-Robeson Center, on Pollock Road, weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bryce Jordan Center, corner of University Drive and Curtin Road, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., all on the University Park campus; and the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, 146 S. Allen St., State College, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series and the Student Programming Association, visit

Last Updated April 19, 2017