Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend was serenaded by Harvard singers and had a front-row seat to the student dance performances at Saturday’s 27th Cultural Rhythms, an annual festival hosted by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, which celebrates diversity at the University. After receiving the 2012 Artist of the Year award from S. Allen Counter, a professor of neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Harvard Foundation, Legend spoke briefly to the sold-out crowd at Sanders Theatre about the value of education and the importance of philanthropy. “I’m very honored to be here to receive this award and see all these beautiful performances,” Legend said. “I’ve been chosen for this award not only because of the music I make, but the humanitarian work that I do as well — and that work is the result of the hard work of a lot of other people, people who...
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