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‘The Voice’: Blake Shelton Hilariously Responds After Criticism for Not Knowing John Legend Song, ‘Glory’

by Emily Morgan
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Fans caught Blake Shelton red-handed after the country singer revealed he had never heard one of John Legend’s most well-known songs during a recent episode of “The Voice.” “The Voice” hopeful Victor Solomon, a 22-year-old college student from North Carolina, performed Legend’s hit song “Glory” record during his blind audition in the season 20 premiere.

After performing, the coaches turned their “I Want You” chairs around, and Shelton began quizzing the aspiring singer about whether he wanted to be a gospel artist. That’s when Legend whispered to fellow coach Kelly Clarkson, “He doesn’t know that’s my song.”Clarkson nodded in agreement, saying, “He has no idea.”

Clarkson then interrupted Shelton, asking him, “Hey, who do you think wrote this worship song?” Shelton innocently responded by saying that “Glory” made him think of Jesus. Clarkson couldn’t help but laugh.

“Well, he has played Jesus,” she rebutted, referring to “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the variety special that earned John an Emmy. “The person that wrote this song is sitting next to me. It’s John’s song! And you had no idea!”

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All three coaches had fun laughing at Blake’s deer-in-headlights expression while Victor stood looking confused on stage. “Oh, you didn’t know?” Victor asked. The country icon shook his head while his tomato-red face gleamed on the camera. Later on, Shelton added, “I can’t help what I’ve never heard!”

Nick Jonas chimed in as well, adding, “John, let’s just clarify, this is your Oscar-winning song.” Legend indeed clarified that Solomon was, singing his own song, and then explained why the singer’s rendition made him turn his chair.

“I grew up in the church. I grew up singing Gospel music,” Legend said. “And when we wrote that song, it was meant to evoke the hymns that we grew up listening to and the songs that carried a lot of our ancestors through a lot of tough times when they were marching for voting rights and all these other things. I have literally zero times turned for someone singing my song. It’s just that I scrutinize it more heavily than I normally would. But, I was like, ‘I don’t need to do that.'” I was like, ‘He’s doing some things I haven’t done that are better than what I would do with the song.” He went on to say, after Clarkson said that she wondered whether it was Legend singing at times, “He was better than me.”

Later on social media, Shelton took the criticism from fans in stride, wiritng on Twitter that, “you don’t know what you don’t know.”