In the fall of 2004, John Legend was unveiled to the world, presented to us on some he’s "The Last of the Soul Man" tip. He sang. He played. He wrote his own music. The male Alicia Keys, if you will. John Legend, legally John Stephens, lived up to the expectations. Thanks to Kanye West, will.i.am and Dave Tozer, the producers took his piano-gospel inclinations and turned them into dark, abundant, guitar and bass filled hipness. ‘Get Lifted’ was a hit. John won Grammys. John was "Best New Artist."