Carrie Underwood and John Legend left a national audience in reverent silence during the live finale of Season 21 of NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday night (December 14), showcasing blissful vocal mastery — and the spirit of the holiday season — on their hit duet, “Hallelujah.”
Delivering a candlelit performance before Team Kelly Clarkson’s sibling trio, Girl Named Tom, were named the season’s champs, the country superstar and R&B icon teamed up for perhaps the night’s most-graceful moment. With Legend seated at a grand piano, and Underwood gliding across the stage to meet him in a glittering gown and golden earrings, the song offered quiet reflection, soaring spirituality and a vocal combo that harnessed their force-of-nature power.
Part of Underwood’s 2020 gospel album, My Gift, the song features interwoven runs as the stars shout praise to the heavens above, and it was indeed a gift for fans of a show all about vocal prowess.
Meanwhile, Underwood and Legend can’t seem to keep their voices to themselves, and also worked up tribute to Legend’s fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton in their spare time. Recorded by Legend for his Trailer Talk video series, the superstars decided to take a run at Shelton’s hopeful heartbreak classic, “Austin,” which ended up impressing even Shelton himself.
“Damn y’all ..,” was Shelton’s stunned response, reacting to a soulful, emotional duet delivered with the casual ease of an off-the-cuff jingle.