“My recent album 'Bigger Love' is emblematic of the happiness and sorrow we have all endured in the last year. In many ways, it’s my most joyful album, with songs like Conversations in the Dark exploring the love I feel when I’m surrounded by my family and community. In other ways, it’s a marker of how much work there’s left to do in the world. I recorded the album entirely remotely because of the pandemic. And, shortly before the album's release, we witnessed the death of George Floyd and the urgent protests that followed. While the need for change is ongoing, my hope is that we can find and share enduring sources of joy and uplift. For me, that is in song.”
About the Artist
John Legend, a member of the Academy, is a singer, songwriter, pianist, actor and producer.
Commission on the Arts
The Commission - drawing on the expertise of its members who are artists, scholars, activists, and leaders, as well as the input of people across the country who participated in listening sessions - dedicated itself to recognizing and supporting the essential role of the arts and artists in American life.