The Journal Gazette
Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:00 am


Legend is People's 'Sexiest'

Associated Press

R&B crooner John Legend has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.

The Grammy-winning singer known for his silky-smooth vocals was revealed as this year's winner Tuesday night on NBC's “The Voice.” He serves as a coach on the singing competition series with Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton.

Shelton, who was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2017, announced Legend's honor on “The Voice.”

Legend tells the magazine in an issue out Friday the honor comes with some pressure after following Idris Elba, who was last year's winner. He jokes it “is not fair and is not nice to me!”

Legend has two children with model-television host-cookbook author Chrissy Teigen.

Lena Horne Prize

The venerated Times Square concert venue The Town Hall has created a new award to honor arts and activism, a prize to be named after Lena Horne.

The Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact will recognize those who “promote awareness and create social change.” The inaugural winner will be honored in February. The recipient will receive a $100,000 donation to be directed to a charity of their choice.

Gail Lumet Buckley, who is part of the prize's advisory board, says her Tony- and Grammy-winning mother didn't chase fame. “It was about advocating for equality and justice and I am so proud that her legacy will continue through the Lena Horne Prize.”

Horne won a special Tony for her one-woman play, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.” She worked with Eleanor Roosevelt to pass anti-lynching laws and spoke at the March on Washington in 1963.

Wrapping paper

There always seems to be a section of wrapping paper left that isn't quite big enough to cover any presents. And then there's that unopened roll you've had for a couple years because seemed like a great deal on clearance, but isn't all that jolly in hindsight. We want to hear how you use up leftover wrapping paper for an upcoming story.

We're also looking to hear from non-profit organizations that accept whole or partial rolls as donations.

Contact Corey McMaken at or 461-8475 by Nov. 25.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Kathleen Hughes is 91. Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis is 85. Writer P.J. O'Rourke is 72. Guitarist James Young is 70. Singer Stephen Bishop is 68. Pianist Yanni is 65. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 58. Actress Laura San Giacomo is 58. Rapper Reverend Run is 55. Actor Patrick Warburton is 55. Singer Jeanette Jurado is 54. Bassist Brian Yale is 51. Singer Butch Walker is 50. Actor Josh Duhamel is 47. Drummer Travis Barker is 44. Bassist Tobin Esperance is 40. Comedian Vanessa Bayer is 38. Actor Russell Tovey is 38. Actor Cory Michael Smith is 33. Actor Graham Patrick Martin is 28.

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