WATCH: Carrie Underwood and John Legend Deliver Powerful ‘Hallelujah’ Performance on ‘The Voice’ Finale
Music icons Carrie Underwood and John Legend took the stage during The Voice finale on Tuesday evening (Dec. 14) to…
John Legend, Carrie Underwood; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Spreading some Christmas cheer, Underwood and Legend delivered a stunning performance that showcased their vocal range while surrounded by dimly lit candles and smoke rising from the stage.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) December 15, 2021
For their performance, Underwood donned a gorgeous gold gown adorned with sequins, while Legend sported a white suit.
“Hallelujah” was written by Legend with Toby Gad. Produced by Greg Wells, the song is featured on Underwood’s first-ever full-length Christmas album, My Gift, which was released in 2020.
“He sent it to us kind of at the end,” previously recalled of the track during an appearance on Today’s Country Radio With Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music Country.
The seven-time GRAMMY winner loved the song so much that she was inspired to rework the track list to make room.
“It was like, ‘Well, I love the song. I feel like this is a puzzle piece I didn’t know was missing, but now that I’ve heard it, I have to have it,’” she explained. “And so we just put the ask back, ‘Thank you for sending, do you want to sing a part with me, too?’”
Ahead of the finale performance, Underwood joined Legend on his series, Trailer Talk, and joined him for a surprise cover of Blake Shelton’s “Austin.” Shelton reacted to their cover, giving it the Shelton stamp of approval by commenting, “Damn, y’all.”
The two-hour season finale also featured performances by Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande with Kid Cudi, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lopez, Tori Kelly with Keke Palmer and Walker Hayes.
Additionally, the Top 5 competitors — Girl Named Tom, Jershika Maple, Paris Winningham, Wendy Moten and Hailey Mia — performed alongside their coaches, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.
The Voice Season 21 finale aired on Monday Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. PT/ET and Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on NBC.
Lauren Jo Black
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.