THE VOICE Premiere Date and First Judges Announced

The Voice

Grammy Award winner Cee Lo Green – the popular singer-songwriter-producer — and fellow Grammy Award winner Adam Levine (Maroon 5) have been named as two of the four musician coaches on NBC’s new musical competition series THE VOICE.

The new show, about real vocal talent, will premiere on Tuesday, April 26 (9-11 p.m. ET). Following the premiere, the series will air on Tuesday, May 3 (9-11 p.m. ET) and then move to its regular time period beginning May 10 (8-9 p.m. ET). The announcements were made by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

Telegdy Said:

“Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine represent the essence of ‘The Voice.’ They are two of the hottest music artists right now and their voices are instantly recognizable. These amazing artists are the perfect inspiration for our contestants to look up to as they begin their journeys from “voices” to true artists — and any hopeful singer would be incredibly lucky to have either one as their coach.”

Cee Lo Green said:

“It’s an honor for me to be able to help mold a malleable and new talent in such a fashion as ‘The Voice.’ Being a coach on ‘The Voice’ is a substantial responsibility, and I take it with sincerity and distinction.”

Adam Levine said:

“I was absolutely thrilled to be invited by Mark Burnett to join ‘The Voice’ as a coach. I look forward to working with these singers and helping them push forward throughout the competition to make their musical dreams become a reality.”

Green – who is better known to his fans as Cee Lo – won a Grammy this year for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Forget You” (a/k/a “F-k You”). Cee Lo, a rap singer, songwriter and record producer, first became recognized as a member of the hip-hop group Goodie Mob (which released the album “World Party”), and later launched a critically hailed solo career. He also formed the group Gnarls Barkley with deejay-producer Danger Mouse. Among Cee Lo’s best-known hits are the singles “Closet Freak,” “I’ll Be Around,” “Crazy (by Gnarls Barkley) and “Forget You” (a/k/a “F–k You”).

In January, the sineger appeared as a musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and his hit song “Forget You” was featured on the series Glee.

As the front man of Maroon 5, Adam Levine is the primary songwriter of the band and a guitar player, whose talents give Maroon 5 their signature sound. His heartfelt ballads and pop anthems have become part of the fabric of this decade’s music scene. Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as “Best New Artist” of 2005 and going on to sell more than 15 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album Songs About Jane. They followed up with the double platinum album, It Won’t be Soon Before Long, which included hits like “Makes Me Wonder” and “If I Never See your Face Again.”

In addition to his work with Maroon 5, Adam Levine has collaborated with various musical acts including Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Slash and K’naan. Levine has also made several appearances on television including Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.