John Legend’s father reflects on son’s accomplishments

Ron Stephens’ son was able to score him tickets to this year’s Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Scoring tickets to tonight’s Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles was another thing.

Not even John Legend, an strong Academy Award contender, could land his dad one of the most sought-after tickets in Hollywood.

“We will have on the TV like everyone else,” Stephens said with a laugh.

The Springfield resident is decidedly more excited than most Oscar viewers. He has reason to be.

Legend and musician/actor Common are up for an Academy Award for their song “Glory” from the movie “Selma.”

Stephens said the song is fitting.

“(Glory) sets the stage for what he is doing now. Not just singing, but being a social activist,” he said.

Stephens says the ride his son is on is exhilarating.

“That ‘wow’ factor has been continuously expanding,” he said. “The Oscar is one of the top awards you can experience in the entertainment industry.”

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