NBC Has Already Confirmed Which Singing Legend Is Joining Season 16 As A Coach
Season 15 of The Voice hasn’t even begun to air yet, and NBC is already looking ahead to season 16!
For season 15, audiences will see longtime coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine joined by Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson, but there is a minor shakeup coming with Variety confirming that John Legend will be pulling up a coach’s chair for season 16!
According to the outlet, Legend will be replacing Jennifer Hudson.
“I’m thrilled to join the coaches of ‘The Voice,’” Legend said. “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.”
Meanwhile, the incredible singer also took to his Twitter to retweet the article confirming the news, simply writing, “So excited!”
Joining The Voice is just another thing to add to the 39-year-old’s already very impressive resume.
Just recently, he became one of the elite few who have won an EGOT, or those who have won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award. Legend cinched his EGOT with an Emmy win this past Sunday as a producer of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” which took home the award for best live variety special. He previously won an Oscar in for his original song “Glory” (co-written by Common) from the movie “Selma. His Tony win came in 2017 as producer of August Wilson’s “Jitney,” which won for Best Revival of a Play. Legend has also won 10 Grammy Awards throughout his career.
With John Legend being the 13th coach to ever try out his skills of guiding aspiring artists to stardom, it will be interesting to see where he falls among the best and worst who have sat in a coach’s chair so far.
The Voice: All 12 Coaches Ranked From Worst To Best
12. Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green was one of the original coaches of the series, and although he was a coach for four seasons from season one to three and returned for season five, he is mostly unmemorable. When it comes to Green’s time as a coach there were very few stand-out moments and he seemed to steal the spotlight from his team with his own crazy outfits. The closest he came to winning was in season two when Juliet Simms placed as the runner-up behind winner Jermaine Paul, but that was the extent of Green’s success on The Voice.
11. Jennifer Hudson
Before Kelly Clarkson joined The Voice, another American Idol star took a seat in the coach’s chair. Jennifer Hudson joined The Voice for season 13, but beginner’s luck was not with her. While she had some great leadership and advice for her competitors, it wasn’t enough to keep up with Team Adam, Team Blake and Team Miley. In the end Hudson’s team was the only one without someone in the finals, but fans would certainly love to see her come back, share her wisdom with more aspiring singers and try again as a coach.
10. Miley Cyrus
Many fans were not impressed when it was announced the Miley Cyrus was joining the series as a coach in season 11, but she did do better than expected. She was obviously very invested in her team members and reportedly spent more time working with her artists than any other coach, but she also made a lot of mistakes. Aside from choosing strange songs for some of her artists, she also got on the nerves of fans with her need for the spotlight, her outrageous outfits and retorts to other coaches that weren’t as funny as she thought they were. While most were pleasantly surprised by her time as a coach, she still didn’t have any contestants in the finalists, but she has the makings to be a good coach in the future!
9. Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani made her first appearance as a coach on The Voice in season seven in 2014. She has since been a coach again in season nine and season 12. While she has never won as a coach, she has had no problem filling up her team with many aspiring singers who want to learn as much as the can from the edgy singer. While Stefani has been fun to watch on the series, fans are still divided about how they feel about her and when the attention shifted to her relationship with Blake Shelton, which lands this singer at number eight on this list.
Usher only spent time as a coach on The Voice for seasons four and six, but he made an impact in that short time. Usher is well known for having an ear and eye for talent so, although he was only a coach for two seasons, he won season six as Josh Kaufman’s coach! While it was interesting to see Usher who is otherwise a reclusive star on a reality show, he really didn’t seem too enthused to be there and later revealed he acted indifferently on purpose to try to use reverse psychology on contestants. So, while he wasn’t by any means the most entertaining coach, he was a really good coach for his artists which is what really matters.
7. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is another one of those stars who is not seen or heard from much outside of performances and many are ecstatic that she brought her talent to The Voice. She joined the series in season 11 and immediately became a coach to be reckoned with as many aspiring singers were drawn to Keys. Her genuine comments about an artist’s talent and ability have made her a great addition to the show as it is clear she really knows what she is talking about when it comes to music. Although she made some pretty big mistakes in her first season, she clearly learned from them since she won season 12 with Chris Blue.
6. Kelly Clarkson
With season 14 just beginning, there is no telling who will be the most dominant coach, but one thing is for certain The Voice is adding a strong contender with Kelly Clarkson. While there is no way to really tell what kind of coach she is going to be, she certainly has leverage as being the only coach to have competed and won in a similar competition thanks to her beginnings on American Idol. Her background along with also being a extremely successful singer and of course her bubbly personality will probably have contestants lining up to join her team, but only time will tell if Team Kelly makes a major impact in only her first season as a coach!
5. Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera — along with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green — was one of the original coaches and has since taken alternate seasons off to focus on her own music or her family. Overall Aguilera has been a coach for six seasons and is one of the best. In season five she came close to winning as the coach of runner-up Jacquie Lee but in season 10 she became the show’s first female coach to win when her artist Alisan Porter won the whole thing. While there have been rumors that Aguilera is a complete diva and “terror” to work with, it seems to all just be rumors has she has become one of the most beloved coaches on the show.
The addition of Colombian songstress Shakira to season four of The Voice was the shake-up the show needed. Although she has only been a coach on two seasons, she really resonated both with artists and the show’s fans. Her ability to connect with artists on unique levels thanks in part to her ability to speak four languages, she had no problem getting singers on her team and showcased a more diverse pool of talent. She never got a contestant to the finale in either season but her love from fans as well as her completely genuine interactions and advice for her artists puts her at number four.
3. Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams is one of the most successful men in the business industry, but his laid-back nature and quiet confidence made him an easy fit for a coach as well as a huge hit with audiences. Williams joined The Voice in season seven and returned for season eight, nine and ten. Out of those seasons, he had finalists in three of them and was the winning coach of season eight with Sawyer Fredericks. Not only is Williams a great coach because of his musical knowledge and ability to understand artists, he also has a huge interest in style and fashion and always makes sure his artists look the part before a big performance.
2. Adam Levine
Adam Levine was one of the original coaches of The Voice and despite his own busy schedule with Maroon 5, he hasn’t missed a single season. Levine proved right away what a great coach he was when he won the very first season with Javier Colon. Since then he has consistently had artists in the finals and has won two more seasons with Tessanne Chin in season five and Jordan Smith in season nine. His love and desire to win is infectious and is undoubtedly one of the best coaches at choosing songs that best fit artists and their abilities. Along with all of this, he is one of the most fun coaches and most beloved by fans who also can’t get enough of his friendship with Blake Shelton, which has become a big part of the show.
1. Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton was also one of the original coaches and has arguably been the biggest surprise on the series. On the outside, Shelton appears to be a rough-edged country boy, but as it turns out, he is extremely relatable, hilarious and a fantastic coach. There was no way that the country singer wasn’t going to top the list of The Voice‘s coaches due to the fact he now has six wins under his belt: Jermaine Paul (season two), Cassadee Pop (season three), Danielle Bradberry (season four), Craig Wayne Boyd (season seven), Sundance Head (season eleven), and Chloe Kohanski (season thirteen). He has proven that he can work and guide artists outside of just country, but those who have been on his team on the show have also had the most success on music charts following their time on The Voice. His obvious success matched with his great personality has made Blake Shelton The Voice‘s best coach.