Revealed: John Legend’s Secret Past As A 10-Year-Old Spelling Bee Champ

There’s no denying that John Legend is a multi-talented guy, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, television producer (“Underground”), actor (“La La Land”) and Oscar-winner (for his song “Glory” from the film “Selma”), to highlight just a few of his accomplishments.

And thanks to a vintage newspaper article from 1989, we now know that Legend is also am amazing speller, who took his skills to the stage at age 10 to win the the Springfield District Spelling Bee in his hometown of Springfield, Ohio.

As reported in the Springfield News-Sun, the 10-year-old Legend (who then went by the name John Stephens) was the only competitor in that year’s spelling bee to wear a suit and tie, and correctly spelled the word “prejudice.”

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Even more impressive, notes the original 1989 article, was the fact that little John was home-schooled by his mother — an educational tactic that was so successful that he was able to skip the fourth grade and proceed directly to the fifth-grade curriculum.

“I thought I could pull it off,” the future “All of Me” singer said of his win. “My mom and [my tutor] helped me study.”

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