About The Show:
"Duets" is a one of a kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from the judge's panel and onto the stage.
Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie, and Robin Thicke will individually set out on a journey across America looking for undiscovered talent worthy to be their protégés.
Ultimately, each Superstar will choose two singers to be their duet partners. Together, the Superstar and their protégé will take the stage each week and perform in front of a live studio audience.
In the end, only one duet will be at the top of the charts and the winning amateur will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
Television personality Quddus, best known from his days as the host of MTV's "Total Request Live," will host the series.
The four Superstars are:
Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson)
"The simple fact that I get to go out and find two people that I believe in, sing with them every week, and help them accomplish their dream is an amazing thing that I can't wait to be a part of!"
Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, Kelly Clarkson has released 5 studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), sold over 20 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the US and has had 10 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
She is the recipient of 2 Grammy Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 1 Country Music Association Award and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Clarkson's most recent effort Stronger debut at #2 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Digital Albums Chart.
The album is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. and produced the smash singles, "Mr. Know It All" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" which marks Kelly's 9th and 10th Top 10 hit. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) was #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart for two consecutives weeks marking her 3rd #1 on the Hot 100 chart after 2002's "A Moment Like This" and 2009's "My Life Would Suck Without You."
Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles)
"The concept of "Duets" is so fresh because its mentoring is active and participatory. Most of my greatest learning was from singing and playing with other performers throughout my life and career. To have had the opportunity to perform with an established artist would have been so incredible when I was up and coming."
Jennifer Nettles, lead vocalist for international super-duo Sugarland, has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today. Sugarland has sold over 15 million records, achieved eight No. 1 singles and have headlined multiple nationwide tours.
Jennifer has won five ASCAP awards for her songwriting abilities and in 2008, she received a Grammy Award, ACM Award and CMA Award for penning the No. 1 hit "Stay".
She has been seen all over the media spectrum with performances on Oprah, The Kennedy Center Honors, CNN Heroes and most recently performing with Lady Gaga on the 'Grammy Nominations Live' concert special.
Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie)
"I can't wait to get started working with these phenomenally talented young artists. My goal will be to focus on developing true artistry and giving them the tools necessary to be creative artists instead of created artists and I am eager to pass along a few of the nuggets of wisdom that I have received throughout my 40 -year career from my own mentors, such as Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder."
Lionel Richie is one of the most successful male solo artists of all time selling more than 100 million records, earning 22 Top 10 hits, winning five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe and a host of other awards.
He has shaped popular culture as his music has served as the soundtrack of several generations around the world.
Born in Tuskegee, Alabama Richie was exposed to country, gospel, R & B and classical musical in equal parts, creating a musical foundation so strong that it has be able to withstand the industry's boundaries and barriers throughout his storied career.
Tuskegee is where Lionel discovered that he was a songwriter, the place where he inspired to write his first two hits 'Sail On' and 'Easy.' With a long list of hits such as 'All Night Long,' 'Hello,' 'Say You, Say Me' it easy to see why his music has remained at the forefront of his fans' milestone moments.
His new album Tuskegee is a long-overdue musical homecoming and a testament to his last legacy and timelessness of his songs.
Robin Thicke (@robinthicke)
"I'm truly excited to be a part of 'Duets.' The format is unlike anything that's out there right now and the opportunity to work with such talent, both the other artists and contestants, is definitely going to make for an exciting competition."
By the age of 16, Robin Thicke was writing and producing songs for artists like Brandy, Color Me Badd, and Brian McKnight. At 21, he had written and produced songs on over 20 gold and platinum albums including Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony, Pink, Christina Aguilera and others.
One year later he signed with Jimmy Iovine and Interscope records. It didn't take much time for Robin to make A Beautiful World, his critically acclaimed debut album released in 2003 under the name "Thicke."
His breakthrough second release, 2006's The Evolution Of Robin Thicke produced the mega hit "Lost Without U" which became the #1 most played song in Urban Adult Contemporary BDS and topped four Billboard charts simultaneously: #1 R&B /Hip Hop album, #1 Hot R&B / Hip Hop song, #1 Hot R&B Hip Hop Airplay, and #1 Hot Adult R&B Airplay.
Robin established himself as one of the most respected singer-songwriters in soul and R&B music today. Robin received some of the industry's top accolades including the VH1 Soul/Vibe award for "Best Breakthrough Artist" and nominations from BET, Soul Train, MTV VMA, MOBO, the American Music Awards and the ASCAP Song of the Year.
The award-winning multiplatinum superstar returned to center stage in 2008 with the critically acclaimed Something Else and followed up in 2009 with the release of Sex Therapy.
Robin's fifth studio album, Love After War was released on December 6th, 2011 to more critical acclaim. The album is Thicke at his most raw and honest condition yet.
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