Pharrell Williams’ big year continues. Fresh off his Oscar-nominated song “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and his Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on “Get Lucky,” the singer has been named a coach for The Voice Season 7, replacing the departing Cee Lo Green.
This isn’t Williams’ first experience with The Voice. In Season 4, he was an adviser to Team Usher, and last May performed “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke on the hit singing competition series.
“I am thrilled to have Pharrell come back to The Voice family,” said executive producer Mark Burnett in a release, “and this time … as a coach. Continuing in The Voice tradition of having the biggest and most current music stars as coaches, Pharrell fits perfectly.”
“[Pharrell’s] dominance in record sales in 2014, coupled with his incomparable accomplishments in the world of fashion and design, make him an irresistible addition to The Voice family,” added Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “He has already made a considerable impact as a mentor, drawing on an impressive track record as both a producer and performer. It is a perfect fit for The Voice as we evolve and reach for new heights with this franchise. It feels like we are welcoming an existing family member home.”
The rest of the coach line-up for The Voice Season 7 will be confirmed at a later date, NBC said. Season 6 of The Voice runs through May 20. Season 7 will debut this fall.