Thursday, November 26, 2015

'All Of You ... are so over me': John Legend's UPenn commencement speech

The Class of 1999 grad speaks at the school's 258th commencement ceremony.

'All Of You ... are so over me': John Legend's UPenn commencement speech


Soul singer and University of Pennylvania grad John Legend gave the commencement speech at his old alma mater on Monday.

In Legend's speech, he spoke about growing up loving music in Springfield, Ohio, learning from the family crisis resulting from his mother's depression when he was a teenager, and how meeting Kanye West was a turning point in his career.

Talking about the rights of Iraqis, Palestinians and Africans as well as Americans, he urged grads "you have to allow people to love you, and you have to love them back." And he also sang a bit of his current ubiquitous hit, "All Of Me" with altered lyrics to reflect how his fans are sick of hearing it on the radio. The song has been on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the last two weeks.

Legend, who was known as John Stephens when he went to Penn in the late 1990s, posted a picture of himself getting ready for the ceremony on Instagram here. He plays the Kimmel Center tonight. Read my Inquirer interview with Legend upon the release of his album Love In The Future here.

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