John Legend will be turning his chair around for aspiring singers as part of the coaching panel on season 16 of The Voice. Legend will be making his The Voice coaching debut alongside returning coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson.
“John Legend is a one-of-a-kind musician and producer with remarkable skills that are beyond measure,” stated Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “His multi-dimensional career and incredible talents provide a repertoire that will excite and inspire our artists. This coaching panel is sure to ignite season 16.”
Legend has won 10 Grammy Awards including Best New Artist (of 2006) and Best R&B Album for his first album, Get Lifted. He earned an Academy Award for his original song “Glory” which was included in the soundtrack to the film, Selma. And in 2017 Legend won a Tony Award in the Best Revival of a Play category for producing August Wilson’s Jitney.
Legend recently achieved the coveted EGOT status with his Emmy Award win as a producer on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. (EGOT stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.) The exclusive EGOT club only has 13 total members including his fellow Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert producers, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
“I’m thrilled to join the coaches of The Voice. I’ve been a guest and mentor on the show multiple times and I’m so excited to discover talented singers and help them make the most of their gift. I hope the world is ready for #TeamJL,” said Legend.
Season 14 ranked as the #1 alternative series among adults between 18 and 49. The 15th season of The Voice will kick off on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT with coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. Season 16 will air as part of the 2018-2019 spring primetime lineup.
The singing competition series was created by John de Mol who executive produces with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Stijn Bakkers.