“I’m so honored and excited to join The Voice family!” said Grande in a separate statement through NBCU. “I have been a huge fan of the show for such a long time. I can’t wait to go head-to-head with the incredible coaches, get to know these new artists and help to take their craft to the next level.”
The pop star is stepping into the giant red chair that Nick Jonas has left vacant, since he is not returning as a judge this season. “We will miss you,” Grande told her predecessor. Jonas had first joined The Voice in Season 18, and returned in Season 20 to guide contestants along as a coach.
“As an undeniable force in pop music, Ariana’s inimitable success in the music industry is extraordinary,” said Jenny Groom, executive vice president of unscripted content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “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.”
Grande’s recent album, Positions, recently broke the record for most songs to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and cemented her as Spotify’s most-streamed female artist of the past decade.