Coaches Shakira and Usher return to join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in season six premiere of 'The Voice'by jmaloni
Emmy Award-winning musical competition series reteams season four panel
NBC has announced the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" will launch its sixth season with the return of coaches Shakira, Usher, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in a special two-night premiere Monday, Feb. 24 (8 p.m.), and Tuesday, Feb. 25 (8 p.m.).
Reprising her role as a coach in season four, Shakira returns to share her expertise. Over the course of her career, the Colombian singer-songwriter and Grammy winner has sold close to 60 million albums worldwide and has won numerous awards, including two Grammys, nine Latin Grammys, four World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and five Billboard Music Awards. Her collaborations with such stars as Beyoncé and Alejandro Sanz have helped grow her audience, and she is the only artist from South America to have a No. 1 song in the U.S. Currently working on a new album, Shakira has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the past decade, more than any other artist. Tops on the list is 2006's "Hips Don't Lie," the biggest-selling single of the 21st century, reaching the No. 1 spot in 55 countries.
A natural born coach, Usher also returns to his red chair. He has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards, including eight Grammys, and he was named the No. 1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album "Confessions" being ranked as the top solo album of the decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 No. 1 hits (all as a lead artist) and 18 Hot 100 Top 10 singles.
Usher is also the last artist to reach Diamond sales in music history. He is currently working on his eighth studio album, as well as filming the movie "Hands of Stone" where he will be starring as Sugar Ray Leonard opposite Edgar Ramirez and Robert DeNiro.
Levine has been a coach on "The Voice" since the show's debut in April 2011. He is also the lead singer of three-time Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5.
Shelton, also a coach from the beginning, is CMA Awards' reigning Male Vocalist of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.
"The Voice" has averaged a 4.9 rating, 13 share in adults 18-49 and 14.7 million viewers overall with its Monday edition, and a 4.5/12 in 18-49 and 14.0 viewers overall on Tuesdays, making it the No. 1 Monday and Tuesday series on the broadcast networks so far this season in 18-49, according to "most current" averages from Nielsen Media Research. The Monday "Voice" is also the season's top reality series and No. 3 entertainment show on the "Big 4" networks in 18-49.