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Here Are the Best John Legend Duets
The Voice Coach's own voice is flawless, both solo and when paired with other artists.
John Legend is currently a Coach on The Voice Season 24 alongside Reba McEntire, Gwen Stefani, and Niall Horan. And although he currently spends a lot of his time training Team Legend for their respective vocal battles, that doesn't mean his own vocal cords are in rest mode.
A prolific recording artist, Legend has won 12 Grammy Awards for his music, which has contained many popular duets and collaborations. As he's proven on The Voice, Legend is excellent at teamwork, and the following duets he's recorded back that up.
Here are John Legend's best duets from his decades-long career.
John Legend & Common: "Glory"
The song "Glory," created for Ava DuVernay's film Selma (2014), won John Legend and Common a Grammy Award for Best Song Written For Visual Media at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. The track was also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song. The two also won on Oscar for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.
Legend and Common's talents blended beautifully on the track, with Legend singing the chorus and Common rapping impactful lyrics in combination with the background singers, who interject "Glory" throughout the song.
John Legend & Kelly Clarkson: "Baby It's Cold Outside"
The hit Christmas song, "Baby It's Cold Outside," had some questionable lyrics about consent. So Legend teamed up with fellow Voice star Kelly Clarkson to remake the classic with a twist.
"Your body, your choice," Legend sings in one of the verses, all the while offering to order a ride to Clarkson's character in the duet.
Carrie Underwood & John Legend: "Hallelujah"
Speaking of Christmas music, this "Hallelujah" duet from 2020 features Legend and the iconic country singer, Carrie Underwood. Both of their voices combine beautifully throughout the track, which was part of Underwood's Christmas album, My Gift.
The music video is ethereal — it won the Country Music Television Award for Best Video — with Underwood in a glowing silver dress and Legend playing the piano as snow falls over them.
Aretha Franklin & John Legend: "What Y'All Came to Do"
In 2007, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin released an album called Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen. The record featured her already-beloved recordings with legends like Mick Jagger and Annie Lennox, but also debuted duets with John Legend and Fantasia.
John Legend & Al Green: Stay With Me (By the Sea)
In 2008, Legend sang "Stay With Me (By the Sea)" with Al Green as part of Green's album Lay It All Down.
Together, they won the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group Grammy for the record.
John Legend & Meghan Trainor: "Like I'm Gonna Lose You"
The Voice's Season 8 Team Blake Battle Advisor Megan Trainor rose to a new level of fame when she released her 2015 album Title, and Legend had a part in the record's massive success. Their song "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" was an instant sensation and has now been streamed on Spotify just shy of 1 billion times.
Together, Trainor and Legend sang about the feeling of loving someone while knowing that "tomorrow isn't guaranteed."
John Legend ft. Saweetie: "All She Wanna Do"
On his 2022 album, LEGEND, the singer teamed up with the then-up-and-coming music star Saweetie. The result was an energetic, exciting song that is impossible not to love.
For the music video, Legend's team put out a casting call for dancers without mentioning who the artists on the track were. Throughout the video, the dancers performed in the room next to where Legend and Saweetie were singing, until they finally got to see who was on the other side. They excitedly hugged the singers and continued rocking out together.
John Legend and The Roots: Wake Up
The entire album Wake Up, released in 2010, showcased the collaboration between Legend and the band The Roots. Other artists came in for duets and features as well, including Common and Melanie Fiona on "Wake up Everybody" and Malik Yousef on "Little Ghetto Boy."
John Legend ft. Brandy: "Quickly"
In 2016, for his hit album Evolver, Legend worked with Brandy on the song "Quickly." The two sang of urgent new love, with lyrics like "I want you to love me like you know the world's about to end."
The song is political as well. "The news said that sky is falling, globe is warming / My country's warring, leaders are lying, time is running," both Legend and Brandy sang in unison on the track.
John Legend & Mary J. Blige: "King & Queen"
Legend and the beloved singer Mary J. Blige sang about being "neighborhood royalty, or much more than that" in the catchy hit "King & Queen."
The track was part of Legend's 2006 album Once Again and showed off Legend's ability to blend voices with fellow singers in a seamless way.
John Legend & Ariana Grande: "Beauty and the Beast"
In 2017, when a new, live action Beauty and the Beast movie, Legend joined former Voice Coach Ariana Grande for a stunning duet of the eponymous song for the end credits.
Legend's buttery voice blended well with Grande's famous high notes to make for an exciting, new rendition of a familiar tune that feels "as old as time."