InterContinental®Miami Make-A-Wish Ball
Featured Entertainer - John Legend

Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter.  His work has garnered him nine Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, among others.  A graduate of University of Pennsylvania where he studied English and African-American literature, Legend participated in a wide range of musical activities while in college. During the same period, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill, who hired him to play piano on her track "Everything Is Everything," and shortly thereafter he began to play shows around the Philadelphia area, eventually expanding his audience base to New York, Boston, Atlanta and Washington D.C. After college, Legend was introduced to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West, who quickly signed Legend to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and hired him to sing vocal hooks on some of his music. Legend started gaining momentum through a series of similar collaborations with established artists, adding vocals to an impressive list of chart-topping hits including West's "All of the Lights," Jay-Z's "Encore" and back-up vocals on Alicia Keys' 2003 song, "You Don't Know My Name." Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted, was released in December of 2004 through Columbia Records. The critically acclaimed album spawned the artist's first hit single, “Ordinary People,” and scored Legend multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The follow up was 2006’s platinum-selling Once Again, which brought Legend another Grammy, Best Male R&B Performance, for his single “Heaven,” and included collaborations with Kanye West, will.i.am and Raphael Saadiq. Legend’s next release was 2008’s Evolver, led by the hit single "Green Light" featuring Andre 3000. His 2010 collaboration with the Roots, Wake Up, won the Grammy for Best R&B Album a year later. Legend’s highly acclaimed fourth and most current studio album Love In the Future, features  “All of Me,” Legend’s highest selling and charting song to date, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on both Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts.  Most recently, Legend won his first Academy Award, first Golden Globe Award, and won the 2015 Critic’s Choice Award for his song “Glory,” that he wrote and performed with Common, for the film SELMA.


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Opening Entertainer - Alisan Porter

Alisan Porter is an American born singer/songwriter and actress. 

Alisan was most recently crowned the winner of “NBC’s The Voice, Season 10.”  She is currently recording her first major label release under Republic Records.  

Alisan is best known for her starring role in the 1991 John Hughes film, “Curly Sue.” She has appeared on Broadway in the revival of “A Chorus Line” and in the original production of “Footloose.” She has released albums with her former band “The Canyons” and her solo release “Who We Are”, both on iTunes and Spotify.  

Alisan is the proud mother of two beautiful children Mason, 4 and Aria, 2 and is the founder of an online support group for mothers with thousands of followers.​

 

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Celebrity Emcee - Gabrielle Anwar

Gabrielle Anwar starred as Fiona in the USA Network original series "Burn Notice".

Born in Berkshire, England, the accomplished actress has over 45 film and television performances to her credit in both Europe and the U.S., including her breakout film "Scent of a Woman," where she was whisked off her feet into an acclaimed tango with Al Pacino.

Anwar has enthralled in a vast array of diverse characters, including the blind diving horse circus performer in Disney's biopic "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken;" the risqué royal in Showtime's "The Tudors;" the supercilious counterpart to Noah Wyle in TNT's "The Librarian: Return To King Solomon's Mines;" the fatal object of desire in "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead;" the regal Queen Anne in "The Three Musketeers;" the expat party girl in BBC's adaptation of Mortimer's "Summer's Lease;"

With one man, three children, three canines, three felines, and equine menagerie, an art studio, a yoga practice, a garden, a green lifestyle, and a slew of literature in the works, Anwar has no free time.

 
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