9) John Legend
John Roger Stephens, aka John Legend, is a multi-Grammy and Academy Award winning musician. Regarded as a child prodigy, his first professional collaboration was with Lauryn Hill on “Everything is Everything” (1999) and after that, he worked with the likes of Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson. Performing in nightclubs where he sang and played piano, Legend was highly regarded by his fans but, it wasn’t until Kanye West contracted him that Legend’s career became, well, legendary. He continues to tour with other musicians and maintains his position as one of the most popular modern artists of his age. In addition to his incredible discography as both a featured and backing artist, Legend also has an exceptional education. While he had the chance to go to Harvard on a scholarship, Legend decided to attend University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in English.