John Legend Croons Duo of Christmas Classics on 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' Tree-Lighting Special

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John Legend performs for NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center"

What does Christmas mean to John Legend? The singer/songwriter let all the holiday revelers gathered in New York City and around their TV screens know on Wednesday night (Nov. 28) when he performed "What Christmas Means to Me" on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center.

The song -- originally performed by Stevie Wonder in 1967 -- is the opening track on Legend's brand-new A Legendary Christmas album, and the album version even features Wonder too. Legend flew solo for Wednesday night's tree-lighting special, but he was far from alone, joined onstage by a full band, including a prominent saxophonist, and a trio of big-voiced backup singers. Legend looked dapper (and warm) in a long camel-hair coat with a popped collar over a classic black tuxedo.

He returned to the stage to perform "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" at the piano, this time without duet partner Esperanza Spalding, who is featured on A Legendary Christmas.

The crooner has proven to be a perfect fit in the holiday music scene, putting only a slightly modern spin on the Christmas classics, while wholeheartedly following in Nat King Cole's and Bing Crosby's footsteps. In fact, following the Rockefeller Center special on Wednesday night was Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen's own holiday special, A Legendary Christmas With John and Chrissy.

Watch Legend's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" performance below:

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