Star-Studded “Voice” Finale to Include Special Holiday Performance by Grammy Award-Winning Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson and Also Feature Musical Collaborations with Top 4 Artists and Musicians Across All Genres
EGOT Winner John Legend, Who Joins “The Voice” as a Coach in Spring 2019, Set to Perform
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with Esperanza Spalding
Top Four Finalists to Compete on Monday, Dec. 17 at 8-10 p.m. ET/PT and Winner Will Be Revealed on Two-Hour Live Telecast on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 9-11 p.m.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Dec. 14, 2018 — Superstar recording artists Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Dierks Bentley, Halsey, Marshmello and Bastille, Panic! At The Disco, Season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli and more are set to perform on the live two-hour Tuesday, Dec. 18 season finale (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) of NBC’s four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice.”
One of the four finalists – Kennedy Holmes from Team Jennifer, Kirk Jay and Chris Kroeze from Team Blake, and Chevel Shepherd from Team Kelly – will be crowned the winner. The season finale will also feature special musical collaborations with the Top 4 finalists, which will be announced soon.
In addition, Season 15 coaches and award-winning vocal powerhouses Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson will team up to perform a special holiday classic, “O Holy Night.”
EGOT winner and critically acclaimed, multi-platinum singer-songwriter John Legend will perform on “The Voice” stage ahead of his spring 2019 debut as a coach. He will perform his rendition of the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” featuring Esperanza Spalding, which is featured on his first Christmas album, “A Legendary Christmas,” out now on Columbia Records.
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will perform his Top 10 and climbing single “Burning Man,” off his #1-selling album “The Mountain.”
Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum alternative pop maverick Halsey will perform her hit single, "Without Me," which came on the heels of the 2x platinum-certified “Eastside,” with Benny Blanco and Khalid, which garnered 300 million streams worldwide in just two months.
DJ/producer Marshmello will perform his latest single, “Happier,” featuring British band Bastille. The record is finding massive success on radio, including holding fast at #1 for a second consecutive week on Billboard’s BDS and Mediabase/Top 40 Radio Airplay chart – a first for both artists. In addition, “Happier” hit #1 on the Alternative Radio chart and is Top 10 at Hot AC and climbing. Since its release, “Happier” has also reached #1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Streaming Chart, the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales Chart and has one billion cumulative streams.
Grammy Award-nominated rock band Panic! At The Disco will perform a medley of “High Hopes” and “Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” two hits off of their latest #1 album, “Pray for the Wicked.” The platinum-selling “High Hopes” is a multi-format radio hit that is currently #1 on HOT AC Radio, Alternative Radio and Pop Radio as well as #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” will be the band’s next single off the album, and this marks their first time performing the song on national television. Following their performance on the show, Panic! At The Disco will kick off the second leg of their “Pray for the Wicked” Tour in January.
Brynn Cartelli, Season 14 winner of “The Voice,” will perform her new self-penned song “Last Night’s Mascara” off her forthcoming debut project arriving next year. The track follows her debut single “Walk My Way,” which peaked at #2 on the all-genre iTunes Charts and has amassed over 2 million streams in the U.S. alone.
On part one of the live finale, airing Monday, Dec. 17 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT), the final four artists perform in front of coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Each finalist performs three times – one new solo cover, a special duet with their coach and they also debut their first original single. One of the four artists will be a step closer to being named “The Voice.” Then on part two of the live finale, airing Tuesday, Dec. 18 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT), a new winner will be crowned “The Voice.”
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “Britpop’s new crown princes,” Bastille was introduced internationally with the single “Pompeii,” which is now 6x Platinum in the U.S. alone. “Pompeii” and subsequent hits “Good Grief” (2016) and “Quarter Past Midnight” (2018) each topped the Mediabase Alternative chart in the States. Marshmello and Bastille’s hit single, “Happier,” has topped charts around the world, with one billion cumulative streams. Certified Platinum in the U.S., “Happier” held the No. 1 position for four weeks on Billboard's Pop Songs airplay chart. It also recently topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs chart and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart. Cumulative streams across all platforms exceed three billion.
The Grammy-nominated band – comprising Dan Smith, keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bassist/guitarist Will Farquarson, and drummer Chris Wood – has sold upwards of 15 million adjusted singles and six million adjusted albums. Last year, Bastille moved into the world of film soundtracks, contributing “World Gone Mad” to the Netflix film Bright. Starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the film is one of the site’s most streamed programs ever. Bastille will kick off 2019 with a sold-out U.K. and European tour.
ABOUT DIERKS BENTLEY
Dierks Bentley “has been noted for his distinct voice and versatility” (Columbia Tribune) and “has one of country music’s most enviable brands, equal parts affability and authenticity” (Forbes). Reaching a new creative high while "making music designed to challenge" (New York Times), Bentley co-wrote 10 of his current album “The Mountain’s” (Capitol Records Nashville) 13 tracks, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping album. Bentley has amassed 17 career #1’s, billions of digital streams, countless nominations from the ACMs, CMAs, Billboard Music Awards and more while earning 13 Grammy nominations, including at least one stemming from each of his last six albums. Bentley continues with his endeavors outside of the music industry by partnering with Flag & Anthem to create an exclusive lifestyle collection, Desert Son, while also developing four Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row locations throughout the country. Bentley’s live show has long been applauded by critics who mirror the capacity crowds’ enthusiasm, noting Bentley's "arena-strutting rockers and stripped down mountain music" (Charlotte Observer) blend with state-of-the-art visual production. His 2019 “Burning Man Tour” will kick off Jan. 17 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Knights. For more information visit www.Dierks.com.
ABOUT BRYNN CARTELLI
At age 15, singer-songwriter Brynn Cartelli was crowned the winner of Season 14 of NBC’s “The Voice” making her the youngest champion in the history of the competition. The Longmeadow, Mass., native’s passion for music began early on with piano lessons at just 5 years old followed by guitar. Drawing influence from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, Adele, Coldplay, Allen Stone, and Stevie Nicks, Cartelli’s dream is to bring darker tones and lyrics to pop music that fans of any age can connect with.
As a “Voice” contestant, Cartelli performed many covers, including Coldplay’s “Fix You,” Adele’s “Skyfall” and a beautiful rendition of “What the World Needs Now,” all of which made it into the Top 10 on iTunes. Her first single, “Walk My Way,” written by Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter, peaked at #2 on the all-genre iTunes Charts and has amassed over 2 million streams in the U.S. alone.
Since winning “The Voice,” Cartelli has been nominated for a People’s Choice Award and has made appearances at Fenway Park, on “Today,” the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Radio Disney Music Awards. She is currently in the studio with Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Kelly Clarkson) and Mozella (Madonna, Miley Cyrus) working on her debut project arriving next year and is slated to open for Kelly Clarkson on the “Meaning of Life Tour” beginning in early 2019.
ABOUT KELLY CLARKSON
After winning season 14, Kelly Clarkson returned as coach for season 15 of NBC’s four-time Emmy Award-winning music competition series “The Voice.” Clarkson, who recently released her critically acclaimed eighth studio album, “Meaning of Life,” is among the most popular artists of this era with total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of “American Idol.” Clarkson’s debut single, “A Moment Like This,” followed and quickly went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, ultimately ranking as the year’s best-selling single in the U.S. Further, Clarkson is, without doubt, one of pop’s top singles artists, with 17 singles boasting multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world, including such global favorites as “Miss Independent” and “Because of You.” Clarkson has released eight studio albums (“Thankful,” “Breakaway,” “My December,” All I Ever Wanted,” “Stronger,” “Wrapped in Red,” “Piece By Piece,” “Meaning of Life”), one greatest hits album and two children’s books (New York Times Top 10 best seller “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” as well as the recent follow up “River Rose and the Magical Christmas”). She is the recipient of an array of awards, including three Grammys, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards and a Country Music Association Award. She is also the first artist to top each of Billboard’s pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts. In addition, this past year Clarkson hosted the “2018 Billboard Music Awards.”
Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum alternative pop maverick Halsey claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 with her second release, “hopeless fountain kingdom,” an album Rolling Stone called “bold” in a four-star review, claiming that “Halsey could go anywhere from here.” Indeed, since storming on the music scene in 2015, she has garnered over 7 billion streams globally and nearly 6 million global sales, graced the covers of magazines from Nylon to Billboard to Forbes, among others – a far cry from the New Jersey teen who’d escaped her suburban existence for New York, writing poetry, and scrounging money for concerts and her next slice of pizza. Halsey shows no signs of slowing down. This fall she released her hit single, "Without Me," which came on the heels of the 2x platinum-certified hit “Eastside,” with Benny Blanco and Khalid, which garnered 300 million streams worldwide in just two months. The track was the follow up to the platinum-certified smash with G-Eazy “Him & I,” which reached #1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs Airplay Chart and #1 at Top 40 radio — marking her second #1 hit since accompanying the Chainsmokers’ on “Closer,” which dominated for 11 weeks and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. “Him & I” has accrued over 750 million streams worldwide and been certified platinum in several countries. In addition her own two double-platinum-certified singles, “Bad at Love” and “Now Or Never” which also peaked in the top 3 at Top 40 radio. In addition, Halsey pushes creative boundaries expanding her influence and impact beyond music. Earlier this year, Halsey spoke at the 2018 women’s march advocating for equality. Her speech has been viewed millions of times and has moved people from around the world. As her star continues to rise, Halsey uses her voice to speak up for causes she passionately believes in, including disenfranchised youth, women’s rights, mental health and the LGBTQ community, proving that both she and her music can affect meaningful change, and that, yes, the 23-year-old can go anywhere from here. Yves Saint Laurent recently tapped her as a brand ambassador of YSL Beauté where she will help create and share makeup looks that speak to today’s millennial. After making her film debut in the animated 2018 summer movie “Teen Titans Go!” as the voice of Wonder Woman, she can be seen in “A Star Is Born,” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Halsey went from putting songs on SoundCloud to having her first full-length album, “Badlands,” land at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and become certified platinum by the RIAA within one year of its release, from couch surfing to witnessing her first tour sellout in minutes to touring globally with sold-out dates on five continents (including a sold-out Madison Square Garden performance) and performing for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway. In 2017 she earned a 2017 Grammy nomination in the category of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Closer," her diamond-certified megahit with the Chainsmokers.
ABOUT JENNIFER HUDSON
Jennifer Hudson currently serves as a coach on the 15th season of NBC’s four-time Emmy Award-winning competition series “The Voice,” alongside fellow coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. Earlier this year, she returned on season seven of ITV’s “The Voice UK” with fellow coaches Tom Jones, will.i.am, and Olly Murs. This year she also stars alongside Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Ehle, Nas and A$AP Rocky in “Monster,” based off of Walter Dean Myers’ award-winning novel of the same title. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In 2017, Hudson completed season 13 of NBC’s “The Voice” as well as season six of “The Voice UK,” alongside fellow coaches will.i.am, Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale, in which Mo Adeniran from her team won the competition. Hudson will soon be seen in Tom Hooper’s upcoming film adaption of “Cats.” Hudson co-starred in NBC’s 2016 production of the Emmy Award-nominated “Hairspray Live!,” where she wowed audiences as powerhouse Motormouth Maybelle alongside co-stars Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande and Kristin Chenoweth. Earlier that year she was honored by the March of Dimes with their Grace Kelly Award. A Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she’s gone on to worldwide acclaim.
ABOUT JOHN LEGEND
EGOT-winning, critically acclaimed, multi-platinum singer-songwriter John Legend has garnered 10 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award among others. Legend is the first African-American man to earn an EGOT and one of only 15 people in the prestigious EGOT club. In 2016, he released his fifth studio album, "Darkness and Light," to rave reviews and toured to sold-out audiences across the globe. Beyond his music career, he is a principle partner in Get Lifted Film Co., a film and television production company based in Los Angeles. Get Lifted Film Co. served as executive producers on NBC’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!,” the HBO documentary "Southern Rites," 2018 Tribeca Audience Award-winning documentary “United Skates,” WGN America's series "Underground," and films such as "Southside With You" and "La La Land." In 2015, Legend initiated the #FREEAMERICA campaign in an effort to change the national conversation surrounding our country's misguided criminal justice policies and to end mass incarceration. In April 2018, Legend released a new track, "A Good Night" featuring Blood Pop, and starred as Christ in NBC's “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” He was nominated for a Grammy award for the 2019 ceremony for Best Musical Theater Album for "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!" He was also nominated for an Emmy Award this year for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Or Movie and won an Emmy as a producer in the category of Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!”
With the last year's chart-topping singles featuring collaborations with the likes of Selena Gomez, Migos, Khalid, Logic, and more, Marshmello has clocked a staggering 2+ billion streams across Spotify alone with over 40 million monthly listeners, cementing him as the platform's #4 most streamed artist in the world. Marshmello, who currently is on the cover of the Forbes magazine “30 Under 30” issue, recently won his first American Music Award for Best Electronic Artist at the 2018 AMA's and a 2018 MTV EMA Award for Best Electronic Artist. In June, Marshmello released his highly anticipated sophomore album “Joytime II,” which debuted at #1 on Billboard's top dance/electronic chart. The album follows 2016's “Joytime,” which landed Marshmello in the Top 5 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums, with the track "Alone" fueling his monumental success by garnering over 110 million Spotify plays and over 1 billion views on YouTube.
ABOUT PANIC! AT THE DISCO
Panic! At The Disco released their #1 album "Pray for the Wicked" in June (via Fueled by Ramen/DCD2 Records) off the heels of their critically acclaimed fifth album, "Death of a Bachelor.” "DOAB" debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. The RIAA platinum-selling release was the highest-selling rock album and fourth-highest selling album released in 2016, according to Nielsen Soundscan. "DOAB" has also spawned RIAA certified gold singles “Hallelujah,” “LA Devotee,” Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time,” and platinum singles "Death Of A Bachelor,” "Emperor's New Clothes,” and “Victorious." Panic! At The Disco have been nominated for multiple awards, including the Grammys, Teen Choice Awards, Alternative Press Music Awards, Kerrang! Awards and VMAs. At the 2006 VMAs they won Video of the Year for their smash "I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” Urie recently took on Broadway, first starring as Charlie Price in the critically acclaimed, Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “Kinky Boots” and then receiving a 2018 Tony nomination for Best Original Score Written for Theatre for the song he wrote called “Simple Sponge” for “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.” P!ATD currently wrapped up the first leg of their headline arena “Pray for the Wicked Tour” and will headlined Reading & Leeds Festival before taking on the second leg of the tour that will kick off in January. Outside of music, Urie has founded the Highest Hopes Foundation – an umbrella fund that supports the efforts of non-profit organizations that lead, develop and advocate support for human rights for all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. This June, Urie named GLSEN the foundation’s first beneficiary and pledged $1 million donation to the LGBTQ non-profit.
ABOUT ESPERANZA SPALDING
Esperanza Spalding is typically referred to as a bassist, vocalist and composer. However, like most organisms growing in response to their environment, Esperanza is emerging into something she does not yet understand, nor is able to clarify through reference or language. Some of the primary cells directing this emergent artistic organism could be named: poetry, magic, staging, theater, opera, sound-spells, improvisation, movement, dance, bio-geometry, reiki, nothing, bad-art, fake-art, listening, smells, dream-talk, dialogue, demonic therapy, cat-tongue. Her latest project is “12 Little Spells.” http://www.esperanzaspalding.com.
So far this season, “The Voice” has ruled as television’s #1 most-watched alternative series, with the Monday edition averaging a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” averages from Nielsen Media Research. That Monday telecast is undefeated in its timeslot this season versus regular broadcast competition in the key 18-49 demographic.
“The Voice” is a presentation of MGM Television, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Stijn Bakkers.
Rebecca Marks, Rebecca.Marks@nbcuni.com, 818-777-3030
Traci Saulsberry, Traci.Saulsberry@nbcuni.com, 818-777-6649
Alyssa Sales, Alyssa.Sales@nbcuni.com, 818-777-2845
Kevin Castech, Kevin.Castech@nbcuni.com, 818-777-4816