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Every Coach of The Voice (US Version)

Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher, and Blake Shelton from season 4 of The Voice

Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher, and Blake Shelton from season 4 of The Voice

The Voice is the only show of its kind in America where a contestant’s singing ability precedes looks or personal style. That made it something of an antidote to shows like American Idol when it premiered in 2011. Where American Idol featured disastrous auditions followed by mean-spirited critiques during the Simon Cowell years, The Voice favored outstanding auditions from unlikely, ordinary-seeming people.

Another thing that makes The Voice unique: the celebrities featured on the show aren’t just judges, they are coaches competing for the best singers for their team. Based on the original show, The Voice of Holland, the coaches pick who they like based on talent alone and train their contestants to become even better singers so that, hopefully, both coach and final contestant(s) win at the end of the season.

The US version of The Voice has had 15 coaches, plus 2 part-time coaches, over the last decade or so. Scroll down to see every coach from The Voice, including the 9 lucky coaches who’ve won.

Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Adam Levine, the lead singer for Maroon 5, was one of the first coaches for The Voice when it premiered in April 2011 and went on to coach contestants for every season until Season 16. His band Maroon 5 first found success a couple of years after the 2002 release of their debut album Songs for Jane. Subsequent albums It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, Hands All Over, Overexposed, V, Red Pill Blues, and Jordi helped cement their status as an ultra-popular rock band. Adam Levine has also done well during his time on The Voice: He won on the very first season with contestant Javier Colon, won in season 5 with Tessanne Chin, and won a third time at the end of season 9 with Jordan Smith.

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CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green was one of the four original coaches when The Voice premiered over ten years ago, and he was definitely the most idiosyncratic one of the bunch. CeeLo would often be shown with a white, fluffy cat on his lap who he named Purrfect (he told coach and country star Blake Shelton that he wanted to “pet a cat while I’m on The Voice). By season 3, the cat was gone and CeeLo had partnered up with a Cockatoo named Lady. His peculiar nature on the show was probably an extension of his unique musical career, having been a part of both Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley while also developing a solo career. CeeLo was on the show for seasons 1-3 and 5, but has returned as a part-time advisor every once in a while.

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Christina is an OG Voice coach, along with Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, and Blake Shelton. Soon after the start of the series Christina and Levine would end up joining forces for the Maroon 5 single “Moves like Jagger”. It was a smash hit, but not the first for Christina. She burst onto the scene with “Genie in a Bottle” from her self-titled debut album. She followed that up with a series of massively successful albums, singles, and personas (remember Xtina?) leading up to her coaching gig on The Voice. Christina has coached on the show for a total of six seasons and even won the last season she appeared on it, with contestant Alisan Porter in season 10.

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Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton is the MVP of The Voice. He’s the only coach on the show to appear in every season. He’s also the most winningest coach, winning eight seasons with contestants Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, Craig Wayne Boyd, Sundance Head, Chloe Kohanski, Todd Tilghman, and Cam Anthony. Throughout his time on the show, fans loved to watch his goofy love/hate relationship with coach Adam Levine, or his sweet love/love relationship with coach Gwen Stefani, and his amusing rapport with the other coaches on the show. He is arguably the heart and soul of The Voice, or at the very least the joker (consider the promo for his fragrance “Manuré”?).

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Shakira

Shakira

Shakira

Shakira

Multiple award-winning singer, dancer, guitarist, drummer, harmonica player, and pandemic-era philosophy student: Shakira is the total package and then some. Shakira was already a star in Latin America with albums like “Pies Descalzos” and “Dónde Están los Ladrones?”, but the “Latin Pop Explosion” at the turn of the millennium gave her the chance to crossover to a new audience. Shakira released her iconic album Laundry Service in 2001 with singles like “Whenever, Wherever”, “Underneath Your Clothes” and “Objection (Tango)”, and her fame has only risen from there. Between performing, running her businesses, and her philanthropy, Shakira also made time to mentor singers on The Voice. She coached on the show, along with R&B singer Usher, during seasons 4 and 6.

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Usher

Usher

Usher

Usher

Usher was already a hitmaker a full fifteen years before ever landing on the Voice in 2013; he had been topping the charts and selling platinum albums long before most of The Voice coaches would do the same. After releasing his debut album in 1994, it was his second album, 1997’s My Way, that would prove to be his breakthrough towards mainstream success. Subsequent albums 8701 and Confessions heightened his fame, along with his many collaborations and appearances in movies and television. Usher joined The Voice along with Shakira for Seasons 4 and 6. In season 6 he actually became the first coach to wrest a win away from Adam and Blake, winning with contestant Josh Kaufman.

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Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

Alterna-rock queen Gwen Stefani ruled the airwaves as the lead singer of No Doubt in the 90’s and ‘00’s. Albums like Tragic Kingdom, Return of Saturn, and Rock Steady remain iconic in the modern rock landscape, but things really went into overdrive when Stefani went solo. In fact, 2004 would be the year that Gwen Stefani released her first album Love. Angel. Music. Baby., debuted her L.A.M.B. fashion line, and starred in Martin Scorcese’s “The Aviator” with Leonardo DiCaprio. And she’s been busy ever since; whether it’s working on her fashion empire, developing her solo career, performing with No Doubt, or getting involved with The Voice. Gwen first joined The Voice in season 7 and has returned a bunch of times: Seasons 9, 12, 17, and 19 to be exact. It was her most recent season where she was able to pull off a win with contestant Carter Rubin.

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Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

Having Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani both start their coaching gigs on The Voice in season 7 must have made a lot of sense. After all, Pharrell and Chad Hugo, aka The Neptunes, produced Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl”, probably her biggest song ever. But besides working with Gwen, and dozens of other high-profile artists, Pharrell also had a pretty amazing run-up to The Voice. In 2013, Daft Punk released the mega-popular “Get Lucky”, which Pharrel sang lead vocals on. In the US the song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” at No. 1, which Pharrell happened to write and produce. Later in 2013, Pharrell would create “Happy” for the film Despicable Me 2, another song that would go on to dominate radio. He released his second album, Girl, in early 2014 and started coaching The Voice in the fall, amid all his other projects occurring at about the same time. He was on The Voice from seasons 7 through 10 and, yes, he won a season with Sawyer Fredericks in season 8.

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

When Miley Cyrus appeared at 2013 MTV VMAs wearing a flesh-colored bikini and twerked around while Robin Thicke sang “Blurred Lines”, critics thought that the formerly squeaky clean Disney star had gone off the deep end. But unlike many former child stars that turned into trainwrecks, Myley Cyrus rode the waves of controversy towards success. One would argue that the secret to Miley’s success is simply being true to herself, even while navigating her multifaceted career. She definitely brought a sense of individuality to The Voice while coaching in seasons 11 and 13; just look at her frequently expressive wardrobe.

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Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys was an anomaly back in the early 2000s. When she released her debut album “Songs in A Minor” she was one of the few R&B stars to weave R&B with classical piano music. Right out of the gate, Songs in A Minor and the lead single “Fallin’” would earn Keys five Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist. Best R&B Album and Song of the Year. She followed all that with more platinum-selling albums, chart-topping singles, and collaborations with everyone from Jay-Z to Jack White to Nicki Minaj. Like Miley, Alicia joined The Voice for season 11. She stuck around for season 12 and then came back for season 14. But she made a big splash while during her tenure; she won season 12 with contestant Chris Blue.

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Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is a super talented singer -- she has a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, a Golden Globe, and two Grammys -- who came to compete for seasons 13 and 15 of The Voice. She’s no stranger to singing competitions though; she was a contestant on the third season of American Idol back in 2004 and stayed long enough to get into the Top 7 (Fantasia Barrinos ultimately won that season). Jennifer Hudson went on to make a huge impact in the entertainment industry after winning an Academy Award for her role of Effie White in Dreamgirls. She continues to perform on stage, screen, television, and through music … she was even on the UK version of The Voice where she won on Season 6!

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Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is in a unique position; she is the only coach on The Voice to have won a singing competition. Clarkson won in the first season of American Idol in 2002 and has seen a lot of success with her 9 albums. She can comfortably sing country, pop. rock, and R&B, so it only makes sense for someone as multi-talented as her to judge in a show like The Voice. She joined The Voice in 2018 during season 14 and has been there ever since. Coaching for 8 seasons makes her the third most visible coach besides Adam and Blake. Oh, and she has won four times! Her contestants Brynn Cartelli, Chevel Shephard, and Jake Hoot won in previous seasons, and just recently Girl Named Tom won season 21, the first group to ever win on The Voice.

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John Legend

John Legend

John Legend

John Legend

John Legend is seriously living up to his name. He is the only EGOT winner of all the coaches, though EGOT winners is a very small club to begin with. Let’s do a brief run down... before John Legend could even release music under his own name he would collaborate with hip-hop icon Lauryn Hill. Legend is later signed to Kanye West’s GOOD music label where he released a number of well-received albums and singles, including the ubiquitous “All of Me”. His work with the prestige film Selma, the television program Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, and the Broadway play Jitney, along with his numerous Grammys, would help him achieve the rare and coveted EGOT. John Legend has also, unsurprisingly, won as a coach on The Voice. Not only did he win, but he managed to do it on his first season on the show, with season 16’s Maelyn Jarmon. And Legend has been a mainstay on the show since.

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Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas, one-third of the Jonas Brothers, is an ideal coach for The Voice. By age 7 Nick had already performed on Broadway. By age 12 Nick released his first solo album. Shortly thereafter, Nick and his brothers, Joe and Kevin, formed the Jonas Brothers and would enjoy a good half-decade of teen-pop preeminence. His hiatus from The Jonas Brothers would give him time to return to his solo career, return to Broadway, star in TV and film roles, release a shoe collection, collaborate on a fashion line, and release a fragrance. The amount of drive and determination exhibited by Nick are great qualities in a Voice coach (of course, being a singer helps a lot). Nick joined The Voice for the first time in season 18 in 2020 and came back for season 20 in 2021.

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is the latest coach to join The Voice. Many people remember her as an actress on shows like Victorious and Sam & Cat, but clearly music was her true calling. In 2013 she released her first album Yours Truly and would go on to release increasingly popular albums like My Everything, Dangerous Woman, Sweetener, Thank U, Next, and Positions. She also collaborated with tons of stars like The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion, and Doja Cat. Ariana is a pop idol, style icon, and social media star…but can she win The Voice? Maybe...time will tell.

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Part-Time Coaches

Kelsea Ballerini and Bebe Rexha have guest coached at certain points of The Voice, first appearing in the “The Comeback Stage” digital series. “The Comeback Stage” allowed singers that were eliminated from the show a chance to compete against each other for a second shot at The Voice crown.

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini is a country-pop singer with No. 1 country radio singles like “Love Me Like You Mean It”, “Dibs”, and “Peter Pan”. She joined The Voice when “The Comeback Stage” was introduced in season 15. Kelsea returned in the next season as a Battle Advisor for Team Kelly. In Season 20, Kelsea came back once more as a temporary guest coach while Kelly Clarkson was on sick leave.

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Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha is a singer and songwriter who always seems to be landing hit songs, whether it's collaborating with other artists or on her own. In season 16, Bebe joined The Voice as the newest coach of the “The Comeback Stage”. The newly expanded “Comeback Stage” featured more contestants, more rounds, and more episodes spanning two months. Bebe later returned in season 18 as the advisor for Team Blake.

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That’s all the coaches for now. Which coaches will be featured in season 22? We’ll get to find out when The Voice returns in the Fall of 2022.

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