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Biography

Common (originally GOOD SENSE) continues to be perhaps one of the most highly important figures in rap music, keeping the advanced lyrical technique and moving syncopations of jazz-rap alive within an era once the mainstream and hardcore have increasingly threatened to obliterate everything in its path. His outward-looking, nimbly performed rhymes and politics consciousness haven’t generally fit the styles of rap tendencies, but his albums have already been praised by critics, and he attained mainstream reputation with a small number of gold-selling recordings. Additionally, through the 2000s and 2010s, he’s juggled his documenting career with some high-profile acting assignments. Common was created Lonnie Rashied Lynn over the South Aspect of Chicago. He honed his abilities to the main point where — executing as GOOD SENSE — he could catch his initial break, winning THE FOUNDATION magazine’s Unsigned Buzz competition. He debuted in 1992 using the one “Consider It EZ,” which made an appearance on his Relativity-released debut record, MAY I Borrow a Money?; further singles “Breaker 1/9” and “Spirit with the Pound” helped create his reputation within the hip-hop underground, even though some critics complained regarding the record’s periodic misogynistic undertones. GOOD SENSE subsequently finished up on Ruthless Information for his 1994 follow-up, Resurrection, which crystallized his popularity among the underground’s greatest (and wordiest) lyricists. The monitor “I Utilized to Appreciate H.E.R.” fascinated substantial notice because of its smart allegory about rap’s descent into commercially exploitative sex-and-violence subject material, and also provoked a short-lived feud with Glaciers Cube. Subsequently, GOOD SENSE was sued by way of a ska music group of the same name, and was compelled to shorten his very own moniker to Common; he also relocated from Chicago to Brooklyn. Bumped as much as mother or father label Relativity, Common released the first record under his brand-new name in 1997. 1 DAY It’ll All SEEM SENSIBLE capitalized for the fledgling resurgence of smart hip-hop with many prominent guests, including Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip, De La Spirit, Erykah Badu, Cee-Lo, as well as the Root base’ Black Idea. The record was well received within the press, and Common elevated his account with several significant guest spots on the next year or two; he made an appearance on Pete Rock’s Spirit Survivor, plus two watermark albums of the brand new progressive hip-hop motion, Mos Def and Talib Kweli’s Dark Star as well as the Origins’ Things BREAK APART. Common also installed with indie rap kingpins Rawkus for any one-off cooperation with Sadat X, “1-9-9-9,” which made an appearance around the label’s seminal Soundbombing, Vol. 2 compilation. Along with his name showing up in all the proper places, Common got a major-label cope with MCA, and induced Origins drummer ?uestlove while maker for his next task. Like Drinking water for Chocolate premiered in early 2000 and converted into something of the breakthrough success, bringing in more interest than any Common recording up to now (partly due to MCA’s higher promotional assets). Guests these times included Macy Grey, MC Lyte, Cee-Lo, Mos Def, D’Angelo, jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and Afro-beat celebrity Femi Kuti (on the tribute to his famous dad Fela). Plus, the singles “The 6th Feeling” and “The Light” (the second option of which gained a Grammy nomination for Greatest Rap Solo Overall performance) gained considerable airplay. Pursuing that achievement, Common arranged the stage for his following record with an appearance on Mary J. Blige’s FORGET ABOUT Episode in early 2002. He released his most personal function up to now with Electric powered Circus, a sprawling record that polarized enthusiasts, in December of this season. Quickly thereafter, he initiated an performing career that started with a little role on the tv screen series Girlfriends. End up being (2005), a very much tighter record which was produced mainly by Kanye Western world and released through West’s Great Music label, netted four Grammy nominations. Western world remained up to speed for both Locating Forever (2007) as well as the lighter General Brain Control (2008), although Neptunes dominated the last mentioned. For The Dreamer/The Believer (2011), released through Warner Bros., Common proved helpful solely with longtime affiliate and friend Zero I.D. A lot of the eye was fond of “Lovely,” a monitor which Common got swipes at rapper Drake. Exactly the same season, the AMC series Hell on Tires debuted with Common as you of its primary personas, emancipated slave Elam Ferguson. Following the show’s third period, Common released his tenth record — his initial for Def Jam — entitled No one Smiling (2014). A lot of its content material centered on the harmful violence which was happening within his hometown. His 4th Rap Albums number 1, it debuted at quantity six around the Billboard 200 and was also his 4th consecutive recording nominated to discover the best Rap Recording Grammy. Featured within the Ava DuVernay-directed Selma, Common co-wrote and performed the film’s theme, “Glory,” with John Story. In the 87th Academy Honours, it received the Oscar for Greatest Original Song, looked after received the 2016 Grammy for Greatest Song Created for Visual Press. Following additional functions in films such as for example Run FOREVER and Suicide Squad, Common released Dark America Once again (2016), its first solitary and title monitor a fiery study of institutionalized racism and law enforcement brutality having a avoid Stevie Question. Bilal, Marsha Ambrosius, and BJ the Chicago Child were one of the album’s various other contributors.

Quick Facts


Full Name Common
Height 1.84 m
Nationality American
Parents Lonnie Lynn, Mahalia Ann Hines
Music Groups Cocaine 80s, Soulquarians
Music Songs Glory, I Used to Love H.E.R., The Light, Come Close, Testify, GO!, The People, Ghetto Dreams, Drivin' Me Wild, Retrospect for Life, I Want You, The 6th Sense, Letter to the Free, The Corner, Chi-City, Bitch in You, Faithful, They Say, A Song for Assata, Soul by the Pound, Take It EZ, Universal Mind Control, Geto Heaven, Reminding Me, Stay Schemin, The Food, Rewind That, Making a Name for Ourselves, Heidi Hoe, Blak Majik, So Far to Go, Love Star
Albums Black America Again, Like Water for Chocolate, The Dreamer/The Believer, Be, Finding Forever, Nobody's Smiling, One Day It'll All Make Sense, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, Electric Circus, Resurrection, Universal Mind Control, Live at The Jazz Room, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, Go! Common Classics, Playlist: The Very Best of Common
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, Grammy Award for Best Rap Song, Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance, BET Award for Viewer's Choice, Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video, BET Hip Hop Award for MVP of the Year, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Live Performer, BET Hip Hop Award for Best Hip Hop Video, Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, Soul Train Music Award for Best Collaboration, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Male Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song, MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, BET Award for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song - Contemporary, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Children's, MTV Video Music Award – MTV2 Award, BET Award for Best Actor, Soul Train Music Award for Song of the Year, MTV Video Music Award Best Breakthrough Video, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Female, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo, Critics' Choice Documentary Award Best Song in a Documentary, MuchMusic Video Award for Best R&B Video
Movies Suicide Squad, John Wick: Chapter 2, Selma, Just Wright, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Smokin' Aces, Run All Night, Terminator Salvation, Megan Leavey, Now You See Me, American Gangster, Learning Uncle Vincent, Street Kings, Date Night, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Wanted, The Wiz Live!, Happy Feet Two, Being Charlie, New Year's Eve, Hunter Killer, Movie 43, Every Secret Thing, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, Two Trains Runnin', Pawn, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, Beef, Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, Coco, X/Y, Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and The Cops, Holistic Wellness for the Hip-Hop Generation, Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth, Alicia Keys: Unplugged, Freestyle Fanatiks, BET Hip Hop Awards 2007


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#Fact
1 Friends with Steve Harvey, and Taraji P. Henson.
2 Working on 7th album 'Finding Forever' which is due for release in 2007. [March 2006]
3 Filming American Gangster (2007) with co-stars Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in New York City. [September 2006]
4 Has a daughter.
5 Is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label.
6 He was engaged to singer Erykah Badu.
7 Is a vegetarian.
8 Was known as Common Sense prior to 1995, when a ska band with that name sued him, forcing him to shorten his name.
9 Had a public feud with Ice Cube in the late 90s, epitomized in the song "The Bitch In Yoo.".


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 2017 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2016 writer - 2 episodes, 2016
Barbershop: The Next Cut 2016 performer: "Real People" / writer: "Real People" - as Lonnie Lynn
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special lyrics: "Glory" / music: "Glory" / performer: "Glory"
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 TV Special writer: "Glory" - as Lonnie Lynn
Rap Critic Reviews 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Selma 2014 performer: "Glory" / writer: "Glory" - as Lonnie Lynn
Every Secret Thing 2014 performer: "Hungry" / writer: "Hungry"
Battle of the Year 2013 performer: "Universal Mind Control UMC" / writer: "Universal Mind Control UMC" - as Lonnie Rashid Lynn
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete 2013 performer: "The Corner" / writer: "The Corner"
The Central Park Five 2012 Documentary performer: "Time Travelin' A Tribute to Fela" / writer: "Time Travelin' A Tribute to Fela"
Avenida Brasil 2012 TV Series performer: "Favorite Song"
2011 Soul Train Awards 2011 TV Special performer: "Blue Sky"
Happy Feet Two 2011 performer: "Seymour's Rap", "My Mike Sounds Nice"
Madden NFL 12 2011 Video Game performer: "Ghetto Dreams" / writer: "Ghetto Dreams"
It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 performer: "Be Intro" / writer: "Be Intro"
Step Up 3D 2010 performer: "Drivin' Me Wild" / writer: "Drivin' Me Wild" - as Lonnie Rashid Lynn
Just Wright 2010 performer: "Next Time Just Wright Version" / writer: "Next Time Just Wright Version" - as L. Lynn
Simons Danseskole TV Series documentary performer - 3 episodes, 2010 writer - 3 episodes, 2010
The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2009 TV Special performer: "This Christmas"
DJ Hero 2009 Video Game performer: "Make Her Say" / writer: "Make Her Say"
Kid Cudi: Make Her Say 2009 Video short performer: "Make Her Say" / writer: "Make Her Say"
MTV Video Music Awards 2009 2009 TV Special writer: "Make Her Say" - uncredited
So You Think You Can Dance TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
No disparen al pianista 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rising Icons 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dead Tone 2007 performer: "Wouldn't You Like To Ride" / writer: "Wouldn't You Like To Ride" - as Lonnie Lynn
Freedom Writers 2007 as Lonnie Lynn, "A Dream" / performer: "A Dream"
Smokin' Aces 2006 as Lonnie Rashid Lynn, "Play Your Cards Right" / performer: "Play Your Cards Right"
Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2005 Documentary performer: "Get Em High", "Move Somethin'", "Jesus Walks", "Love of My Life", "Umi Says", "Get By" / writer: "Get Em High", "Love of My Life" - as Lonnie Rashid Lynn
The Blues TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Beef 2003 Documentary performer: "I Used to Love H.E.R.", "The Bitch in You"
Brown Sugar 2002 performer: "I Used to Love H.E.R." - as Common Sense / performer: "Love of My Life An Ode to Hip Hop" / writer: "Act Too Love of My Life", "Love of My Life An Ode to Hip Hop", "I Used to Love H.E.R." - as Rashid Lonnie Lynn
Orange County 2002 as Rashid Lonnie Lynn, "The Light" / performer: "The Light"
Drop the Beat 2000 TV Series performer: "Dooinit"
Bamboozled 2000 performer: "The Light" Remix / writer: "The Light" Remix - as Lonnie Lynn
Any Given Sunday 1999 performer: "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY" / writer: "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY" - as Rashid Lonnie Lynn
The Hurricane 1999 performer: "The Hurricane" / writer: "The Hurricane" - as Lonnie Lynn
Get on the Bus 1996 performer: "The Remedy" / writer: "The Remedy"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Megan Leavey 2017 completed Gunny Martin
Coco 2017/II post-production Coltrane
A Happening of Monumental Proportions 2017 post-production
The Tale 2017 post-production Martin
Hunter Killer filming
John Wick: Chapter 2 2017
The Simpsons 2017 TV Series Common
Suicide Squad 2016 Monster T
Barbershop: The Next Cut 2016 Rashad
The Wiz Live! 2015 TV Movie The Bouncer
Being Charlie 2015 Travis
Entourage 2015 Common
Run All Night 2015 Andrew Price
Selma 2014 James Bevel
Hell on Wheels 2011-2014 TV Series Elam Ferguson
Every Secret Thing 2014 Devlin Hatch
X/Y 2014 Jason
Now You See Me 2013/I Evans
Pawn 2013/I Jeff Porter
Bizarre Bracket Behavior 2013 Video short
The Mindy Project 2013 TV Series Security Guard
Movie 43 2013 Bob Mone (segment "The Pitch")
The Odd Life of Timothy Green 2012 Coach Cal
LUV 2012 Vincent
New Year's Eve 2011 Soldier (segment "Hospital Story")
Happy Feet Two 2011 Seymour (voice)
Single Ladies 2011 TV Series Mayor Howard
Just Wright 2010 Scott McKnight
Date Night 2010 Collins
Kid Cudi: Make Her Say 2009 Video short Common
Dow Jones 2009 Video short Dow Jones
Terminator Salvation 2009 Video Game Barnes (voice)
Terminator Salvation 2009 Barnes
Wanted: Weapons of Fate 2009 Video Game Brummel (voice)
Wanted 2008 The Gunsmith
Street Kings 2008 Coates
American Gangster 2007 Turner Lucas
Smokin' Aces 2006 Sir Ivy
One on One 2004 TV Series Darius
Girlfriends 2003 TV Series Omar

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Burning Sands 2017 executive producer
An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win 2016 executive producer
America Divided 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer
Two Trains Runnin' 2016 Documentary executive producer
Untitled Lena Waithe Project 2016 TV Movie executive producer
Framework 2015 TV Series executive producer
Magic Men 2013 Documentary executive producer
LUV 2012 producer
Untitled Coming-of-Age Project 2017 TV Movie executive producer pre-production

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special featuring
16th Annual Trumpet Awards 2008 TV Special composer: additional music

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
De bon matin 2009 Short music written and performed by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Smokin' Aces: The Big Gun 2007 Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth 2017 Documentary post-production
WGN Morning News 2017 TV Series Himself
23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 TV Special Himself - Presenter
We're Still Here (Now).... A Documentary about nobody. 2016 Documentary Himself
CBS This Morning 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
Chelsea 2016 TV Series Himself
Steve Harvey 2016 TV Series Himself
Harry 2016 TV Series Himself
Weekend Today 2016 TV Series Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2010-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Today 2015-2016 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself - Guest
Black America Again 2016 Short Himself - Street Performer
The Daily Show 2011-2016 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
America Divided 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The View 2016 TV Series Himself
VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens 2016 TV Movie Himself
The 70th Annual Tony Awards 2016 TV Special
Live with Kelly and Michael 2005-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Co-Host / ...
Verified 2016 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2010-2016 TV Series Himself
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2015-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Panelist
Good Morning America 2010-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
2016 MTV Movie Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Presenter: 25th Anniversary
Two Trains Runnin' 2016 Documentary Narrator
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2016 TV Series Himself
Common Surprises a Youth Choir 2016 TV Movie Himself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2015-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - After Party Guest
The 88th Annual Academy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Original Song
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise 2016 Documentary Himself
Black Women in Hollywood Awards 2015 TV Special Himself
Dine and Dash 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Guest (rumored)
The 9th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2015 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
#bars4Justice 2015 Documentary short Himself
Global Citizen Festival 2015 TV Movie Himself
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives 2015 Documentary
The 365Black Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Unity 2015 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Knock Knock Live 2015 TV Series Himself
Run All Night: Shoot All Night 2015 Video documentary short Himself
Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day 2015 Video Themselves
Lip Sync Battle 2015 TV Series Himself - Competitor
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2015 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2005-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Performer: Glory and Winner: Best Original Song (as Lonnie Lynn)
The Meredith Vieira Show 2015 TV Series Himself
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Performer
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015 TV Special Himself
The Talk 2015 TV Series Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2006-2015 TV Series Himself
72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Winner
Dateline NBC 2015 TV Series documentary Singer
Framework 2015 TV Series Himself
In Performance at the White House: A Salute to the Troops 2014 TV Series Himself
GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network 2014 TV Series Himself
Stand Up to Cancer 2014 TV Special Himself
2014 MTV Video Music Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Larry King Now 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fashion Police 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
BET Awards 2014: Genius Talks 2014 TV Special Himself
ESPN Outside the Lines Sunday 2014 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010-2013 TV Series Himself
Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records 2013 Documentary
Magic Men 2013 Documentary Himself
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
44th NAACP Image Awards 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Burn with Jeff Ross 2013 TV Series Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012-2013 TV Series Himself
Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
Now with Alex Wagner 2013 TV Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2009-2012 TV Series Himself
Big Evening Buzz with Carrie Keagan 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sesame Street 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern 2012 TV Series Himself
Hip Hop Squares 2012 TV Series Himself
Ali 70 from Las Vegas 2012 TV Movie Himself
The BET Honors 2012 TV Movie Himself
Soul Mates: Maya Angelou/Common 2012 Documentary short Himeself - Host
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary Himself
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 TV Movie Himself
Chelsea Lately 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
2011 Soul Train Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Common Dreams 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Hot 10 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher 2011 TV Series Himself
1st Look 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Instant Movie Review 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Little Brother: The Street 2011 Documentary short Himself
What's Trending 2011 TV Series Himself
42nd NAACP Image Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest 2011 Documentary Himself
The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2010 TV Special Himself
X-Play 2010 TV Series Himself
Brave New Voices 2010 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Music 2010 Documentary Himself
Ray Charles America 2010 Documentary Himself
Date Night: Disaster Dates 2010 Video short Himself
Rachael Ray 2010 TV Series Himself
The Rotten Tomatoes Show 2009-2010 TV Series Himself - Rapper / Actor
Mark at the Movies 2010 TV Series Himself
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series Himself
The Electric Company 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
American Idol 2010 TV Series
The Brian McKnight Show 2010 TV Series Himself
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Yes We Will! BET's Inaugural Celebration (BET) 2009 TV Movie Himself - Performer
The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2009 TV Special Himself
No disparen al pianista 2009 TV Series Himself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2007-2009 TV Series Himself
Black to the Future 2009 TV Series Himself
The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter
A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the Brave 2008 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2005-2008 TV Series Himself
Through the Eyes of Director Timur Bekmambetov 2008 Video documentary short Himself
BET Hip Hop Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself
Max on Set: Wanted 2008 TV Short documentary Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
American Gangster: Hip Hop Infusion 2008 Video short Himself
Yes We Can 2008 Video short Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2005-2008 TV Series Himself
Artist on Artist 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
ESPY Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
BET Hip-Hop Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2007 TV Movie Himself
Notorious B.I.G. Bigger Than Life 2007 Documentary Himself
MTV VMA Pre Show Royale 2007 TV Special Himself
Total Request Live 2005-2007 TV Series Himself
BET Awards 2007 2007 TV Special Himself
Pepsi Smash Superbowl Bash 2007 TV Special Himself
Saturday Night Live 2007 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2007 TV Series Himself
BET Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Himself
Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops 2006 Documentary Himself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2006 TV Movie Himself
September in Brooklyn: The Making of 'Block Party' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
37th NAACP Image Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Jamie Foxx: Unpredictable 2006 TV Special documentary Himself
Gangster with a Heart of Gold: The Noonie G. Story 2006 Documentary Narrator (voice)
MTV New Year of Music: New Years Eve 2006 2006 TV Movie Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Wild 'N Out 2005 TV Series Musical Performance / Himself - Musical Guest
$2 Bill 2005 TV Series documentary
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2005 TV Movie Himself
Driven 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2005 Documentary Himself
React Now: Music & Relief 2005 TV Movie Himself
VH1 News Presents: Hip Hop Videos - Sexploitation on the Set 2005 TV Movie Himself - Rapper
MTV Video Music Awards 2005 2005 TV Special Himself - Presenter
106 & Park Top 10 Live 2005 TV Series Himself
Def Poetry 2003-2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Unplugged 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Be 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Letter to the President 2005 Video documentary Himself - Recording Artist
Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology 2005 Video documentary Airline Employee (segment "All Falls Down") / Himself (segment "Two Words")
Black in the 80s 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The MC: Why We Do It 2005 Video documentary Himself
There's a God on the Mic 2005 Documentary Himself
The 2nd Annual Vibe Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Performer
Fade to Black 2004 Documentary Himself
Scrubs 2004 TV Series Himself
Game Over 2004 TV Series Himself
Chappelle's Show 2004 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Essence Awards 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Soundz of Spirit 2003 Documentary
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Check 1,2 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Hip Hop Babylon 2 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
5 Sides of a Coin 2003 Documentary Himself
Beef 2003 Documentary Himself - MCA Recording Artist
Lyricist Lounge: Hip Hop Video Classics 2003 Video Himself (as Common Sense)
34th NAACP Image Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
The 30th Annual American Music Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Brown Sugar 2002 Himself
32nd NAACP Image Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
Soul Train 2001 TV Series documentary Guest
The Lyricist Lounge Show 2000 TV Series Himself
Pete Rock: Soul Survivor 1998 Video short Himself
Crook & Chase 1997 TV Series Himself
The 1995 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1995 TV Special Himself (as Common Sense)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
60 Minutes 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - Musician (segment "Selma")
MythBusters 2009 TV Series documentary Gunsmith
Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1) 2009 Video Himself (segment "King of the Game")

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media Selma (2014) · John Legend (artist/songwriter)
· Rhymefest (songwriter)
2015 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Selma (2014) · John Legend (as John Stephens)
2015 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Selma (2014) · John Legend
2015 BET Award BET Awards Best Collaboration · John Legend
2015 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Original Song Selma (2014) · John Legend (performer, writer)
· Rhymefest (writer)
2015 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Song Selma (2014) · John Legend
2015 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Original Song Selma (2014) · John Legend
· Rhymefest
2015 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Original Song Selma (2014) · John Legend
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Selma (2014)
2015 INOCA International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Original Song Selma (2014) · John Legend
2014 AAFCA Award African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Best Music Selma (2014) · John Legend
2014 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Original Song Selma (2014) · John Legend
2014 BFCC Award Black Film Critics Circle Awards Best Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Alessandro Nivola
· Keith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Tim Roth
· Oprah Winfrey
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group · Kanye West
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Song Brown Sugar (2002) · Erykah Badu (Writer, Performer)
· Raphael Saadiq (Writer)
· James Poyser (Writer)
· Madukwu Chinwah (Writer)
· Glenn Standridge (Writer)
· Robert C. Ozuna (Writer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Critics’ Choice Documentary Award Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Best Song in a Documentary 13TH (2016) · Karriem Riggins
· Robert Glasper
2016 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) TV Musical Moment of the Year The Oscars (2015) · John Legend
2016 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Collaboration · John Legend
2016 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Song · Rhymefest (songwriter)
· John Legend (songwriter)
2016 HMMA Award Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) Best Original Song - Documentary 13TH (2016)
2015 BET Award BET Awards Best Male Hip Hop Artist
2015 BET Award BET Awards Video of the Year · John Legend
2015 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Alessandro Nivola
· Keith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Tim Roth
· Oprah Winfrey
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Album For the album "Nobody's Smiling."
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Collaboration · Jhene Aiko
2015 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Song Selma (2014) · John Legend
2015 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Song Selma (2014) · John Legend
2015 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Song Selma (2014) · John Legend (as John Stephens)
2015 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film Selma (2014) · John Legend (music, lyrics, and performed by)
· Rhymefest (music and lyrics by)
2014 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Alessandro Nivola
· Keith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Tim Roth
· Oprah Winfrey
2014 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Alessandro Nivola
· Keith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Tim Roth
· Oprah Winfrey
2013 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Hell on Wheels (2011)
2012 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor New Year's Eve (2011)
2011 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Collaboration · Melanie Fiona
· John Legend
· The Roots
2011 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Just Wright (2010)
2010 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Album For the album "Universal Mind Control."
2010 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group · Scott Mescudi
· Kanye West
2009 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Wanted (2008)
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Album For the album "Finding Forever."
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Solo Performance For the song "The People."
2006 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Collaboration · John Legend
· Kanye West
2006 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group · The Last Poets
2006 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Album For the album "Be."
2006 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Solo Performance For the song "Testify."
2003 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Brown Sugar (2002) · Erykah Badu
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· Robert C. Ozuna
· James Poyser
· Raphael Saadiq
· Glenn Standridge


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1 [Talking about Britney Spears comeback concert performance]: I think it didn't seem like she wanted to be there. There wasn't any spark, it didn't feel like life was there.


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