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John Legend's dramatic reading of popular song lyrics is everything

Kristyn Burtt is an LA-based entertainment reporter who has covered everything from 'Dancing With the Stars' to the Oscars. If she’s not on the red carpet, she’s at home in yoga pants watching Netflix and eating potato chips.

Watch John Legend dramatically read song lyrics from some of the biggest '90s hits — because why not?

John Legend singing “All of Me” is enough to make anyone swoon, but would you swoon if he did a dramatic reading of lyrics from artists like Justin Bieber, 'NSYNC and Destiny’s Child? SheKnows put the singer to the test. Did he pass with flying colors?

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Well, it wasn’t as easy as you'd think for him. As a singer, Legend is used to having a melody with the lyrics. While it can seem hard to believe that a song from The Sound of Music would stump him, it certainly did. Maybe all of the “hos” in the song got him confused.

“Lay dee ho, lay dee ho, lay deeee ho,” he attempted. “I have no idea what that song is.”

Score: SheKnows 1, John Legend 0

The next round was easy as pie for Legend. He knew right away it was from the Biebs.

“That’s Justin Bieber, ‘You Should Go and Love Yourself,’ that’s what that song’s called,” Legend said. “I always think he means something else by that ‘love’ word.”

Score: SheKnows 1, John Legend 1

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Next up was 'NSYNC’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” but it doesn’t seem like Legend was much of a fanboy of boy bands back in the early aughts. He was befuddled by the lyrics.

“I don’t know this one,” he admitted. “I was going to say, is it Backstreet Boys?”

Close, but no cigar.

Score: SheKnows 2, John Legend 1

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The most hilarious moment came when a series of “ugh, huh, uh-huh, yeah, OK” lyrics confused Legend.

“Is this Katy Perry?” he asked.

Not even close. It was Destiny’s Child with “Say My Name.”

Score: SheKnows 3, John Legend 1

All hope was not lost with the final lyric, which was undeniably DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince with “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” While this didn’t tie up the game, it gave Legend a respectable one-point loss.

Final Tally: SheKnows 3, John Legend 2

I think we all see who wins.

We gave Legend's La La Land costars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone the music challenge, too. They didn't just fail – they epically failed. Watch for yourselves:

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Watch John Legend dramatically read song lyrics from some of the biggest '90s hits — because why not?
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