NBC has scored a major "get" in the talent-show business by recruiting John Legend to become a coach on "The Voice." He joins fellow "Voice" coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5) and Blake Shelton for the show's 16th season premiering in the spring of 2019. Legend performed on "The Voice" for the show's season 13 finale in 2016. He was also a guest performer on "The Voice" U.K. in 2017.
Legend recently became an EGOT winner (one of a select number of people who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony), by winning an Emmy for being a producer of the NBC special "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert." At 39 years old, he is the youngest person to become an EGOT winner, and he is also the first black man to achieve this milestone.
In a Legend commented in a statement: “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,” Legend said.
The news of Legend joining "The Voice" coaching panel comes soon after the show announced that Kelsea Ballerini has joined the show as a fifth coach for the online companion series "Comeback Stage," which gives select eliminated contestants a chance to win a place back on "The Voice." "Comeback Stage" premieres on Sept. 24, the same date as the season 15 premiere of "The Voice."
Although "American Idol" has been on the air longer than "The Voice" (which debuted in 2011), "The Voice" has been able to get many more Grammy winners and current hit-making artists for the show's coaching/judging panel. Past and present coaches of "The Voice" include Grammy winners Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Shakira. Miley Cyrus is the only artist on the main "Voice" coaching panel who hasn't won a Grammy, although she is a Grammy nominee. Rotating the coaches and inviting new ones on the show keeps the show fresh and brings welcome new perspectives.
In addition, "American Idol" has never won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, while "The Voice" has won that award several times (in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), and "The Voice" is nominated again this year. With the caliber of talent involved on the coaching panel, it's easy to see why "The Voice" keeps winning Emmy Awards.
In other news about Legend, he was among the performers at GOOD+ Foundation's An Evening of Comedy + Music annual benefit, held Sept. 12 at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City. GOOD+ Foundation is non-profit founded by Jessica Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld's wife) that provides training and support to fathers and families living in poverty. Legend performed "Love Me Now," "All of Me" and a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark." Jerry Seinfeld, August Greene, Leslie Jones, Gad Elmaleh and Sebastian Maniscalco also performed at the star-studded gala, which was attended by Chris Rock, Naomi Watts, Chrissy Teigen (Legend's wife), Tiffany Haddish and Amy Schumer, among other celebrities.