Saturday, June 24, 2017|6:09 a.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio– John Legend’s work has actually won Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony, but years before accomplishing international popularity, the Legend-to-be took house another reward: spelling bee champ.
A 1989 story in The Springfield News-Sun announced, “Product of house mentor wins bee.” The paper kept in mind the future R&B singer’s sharp clothes, his consistent look and crisp enunciation, stating the 10-year-old Legend “came to win … and win he did.”
Legend, born John Roger Stephens in Springfield in 1978, credited his mom, Phyllis Stephens, and a tutor with assisting him study for the contest. He and his brother or sisters were home schooled.
The newspaper says he took a no-nonsense method, not splitting a smile during the competition till his tutor sobbed out with joy when he correctly spelled the winning word: “prejudice.”