On Thursday (Sept. 13), Variety announced that John Legend joined the 16th season of NBC’s The Voice as a coach. Legend will replace Jennifer Hudson, who was a coach for the previous season. He’s one of four coaches along with Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton.
Reportedly, Legend presented NBC with an interest in joining The Voice. The “Ordinary People” singer took to his Instagram account to share the news. “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 make the most of their gift,” he wrote. “I hope the world is ready for #TeamJL.”
Paul Telegdy, one of NBC’s presidents, has nothing but good things to say about the neo-soul juggernaut, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “John Legend is a one-of-a-kind musician and producer with remarkable skills that are beyond measure. His multidimensional career and incredible talents provide a repertoire that will excite and inspire our artists. This coaching panel is sure to ignite season 16.”
The 39-year old singer is having quite the month. He recently became the first black man to achieve EGOT status, adding an Emmy Award to his collection of Golden Globe, Oscar, and multiple Grammy Awards.
The 15th season that features Jennifer Hudson will premiere on Monday (Sept. 24) while Legend’s season is set to launch spring 2019.