VIDEO: Can John Legend Hit These Essence Festival High Notes?

On this segment of ESSENCE Live, we play a round of "Can He Hit It" to put John Legend's vocals to the test.

Rachaell Davis May, 05, 2017

We all know R&B superstar, father, husband, activist and television producer John Legend can sing at the drop of a dime. But can he hit these high notes from some of our other 2017 ESSENCE Festival performers? 

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Watch the clip above to find out and then be sure to grab your tickets to see John Legend light up the stage, alongside more of the biggest names in music, at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans this July.

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[BLANK_AUDIO] Well John now we're gonna play a fun game. And the name of the game is called, Can he hit it? And it we mean->> Can he hit it?>> Can he hit it. The note. [LAUGH] Since you're performing at Essence Festival, we're gonna play some clips of fellow Essence Festival performers Okay. And you have to try to hit some of the same notes. Are you game? I'm in. It's gonna be tough. Who is it? But with your own version. No no. It's gonna be good. It's gonna be good. Okay. Okay. So, the first one is from our girl, Solange. [LAUGH] Here we go. Away, away, away, away [MUSIC] That's all set up. Can we give him Give one more time please [SOUND] [LAUGH] Yes!, yes!, I love it! I love it!. That is the great song. That's really beautiful song.>> It's that a beautiful song. I can't wait to see you perform. Next is the buzz of herself Ms. Diana Ross. We play at the same night I believed. Are you really? Yes. Come on. All right, let's hear it. [MUSIC] You're making it tough for me. You gotta keep going, John. Singing ladies' songs and my voice is down here. No, but that's the fun part about the game you're doing good, you're doing fantastic. So far so good. Now is another Essence Festival performer this is Monica singing So Gone. Let's hear the clip. The missy. [MUSIC] Woo. New Monica. Yes. [LAUGH] I thought you were gonna keep going. [LAUGH] Okay. One last one, this is one more from BJ the Chicago kid who also be performing at [UNKNOWN] festival. Let's play it. [MUSIC] I don't know the lyrics. [MUSIC] That was perfect. I hit the notes.>> You hit Hit the notes though. My God, can the game keep going like, okay, that's all we have?>> [CROSSTALK] I can do this all day, I mean I sing for a living, this is what I do. [LAUGH] [LAUGH] [BLANK_AUDIO]