‘The Voice’ Reveals Ariana Grande As New Coach For Season 21

NBC’s The Voice surprised fans on Tuesday (March 30) with the announcement of a brand new coach for Season 21. …


Lauren Jo Black

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March 30, 2021


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Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, John Legend — (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC)

NBC’s The Voice surprised fans on Tuesday (March 30) with the announcement of a brand new coach for Season 21. 

The show revealed that Ariana Grande will be joining the cast for the upcoming season, alongside longtime coach Blake Shelton as well as Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. 

“Our new Coach’s name is Ari and we’re so good with that. 🤍,” The Voice captioned the announcement photo on Instagram. 


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Grande, who is replacing Nick Jonas on the upcoming season, appeared on The Voice previously as a guest performer but has never taken part of the show as a coach. 

The superstar also shared the news with fans on Tuesday via social media, writing that she was “beyond thrilled, honored, excited” to join the show. 

“As an undeniable force in pop music, Ariana’s inimitable success in the music industry is extraordinary,” Jenny Groom, Executive Vice President of Unscripted Content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, shared in a statement. “We were thrilled to learn that she is a true fan of ‘The Voice’ and know that this enthusiasm will add to her impact as a dynamic coach. Ariana is a visionary with over a decade of experience in the music industry. Her unmatched vocal skills, creativity and unique expertise on all facets of the industry will make her an invaluable coach to the next generation of artists.”

The Voice Season 20 is currently underway, airing on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.