John Legend Joins 'The Voice' as Season 16 Coach (Exclusive)

The newly minted Emmy winner will replace Jennifer Hudson on the forthcoming season of the NBC singing competition.
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John Legend

John Legend in, Jennifer Hudson out.

Legend, fresh off his Emmy win for his role in Jesus Christ Superstar Live, has joined NBC's The Voice as a coach for its upcoming 16th season in the spring. Legend will join the panel with returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Hudson, who coached the 13th and upcoming 15th season of the NBC singing competition, is not returning. Carson Daly will again return as host.

Legend, sources say, came to NBC with a desire to be on The Voice. With his Emmy for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, he is now a new member of the rare EGOT club, having won 10 Grammys, an Oscar (for the original song "Glory," from Selma) and a Tony (for co-producing Jitney).

"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 in a statement.

Clarkson has been a coach on The Voice since season 14. She first appeared in season two as a part-time adviser, returning in season 13 in the same role. Levine and Shelton have been coaches since the show premiered in 2011.

"John Legend is a one-of-a-kind musician and producer with remarkable skills that are beyond measure," said Paul Telegdy, president of the alternative and reality group at NBC. "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."

Legend is repped by WME and Myman Greenspan.