Ariana Grande Could Be Making As Much As $10 Million More Than Her Fellow ‘The Voice’ Judges – Forbes

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Ariana Grande performs onstage … [+] during the 2018 iHeartRadio by AT&T at Banc of California Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
The twenty-first season of The Voice is set to conclude very soon, with a new winner being named in just a few days. The singer who ends up on top will sign a recording contract with Republic Records and take home $100,000. That’s surely a sizable paycheck for the amateur musician, but it pales in comparison to what the judges are making, and there’s one name that’s pulling in millions more than her co-stars.
According to data shared by Yahoo and Ok!, Ariana Grande is the highest-paid coach on The Voice, and it isn’t even close. The outlets report that the Grammy winner could be earning anywhere from $20 million to $25 million to sit in the red chair and coach her chosen performers to the finale. That’s not just a huge payday for the singer, but one of the largest checks ever for a judge of a reality singing competition.
Grande’s earnings look even larger when compared to the other three musicians who occupy the remaining judge’s chairs. Kelly Clarkson appears to be making $15 million for each season she’s a part of. For some time, she stood out as the highest-paid coach on The Voice in America, but now that’s no longer the case. She comes in behind Grande by at least $5 million, but possibly as much as $10 million, if Grande’s paycheck is on the higher end of the estimated takeaway.
Fellow judges John Legend and Blake Shelton are reportedly earning $13 million each, putting them not far behind Clarkson. 
Grande is being paid an absurd sum to appear on the program, but it’s a calculated move by NBC to help keep the long-running reality series going. The show has been losing viewers steadily for years, and clearly something had to be done to try to turn things around for the Emmy-winning competition. Now in its twenty-first season, The Voice premiered with 7.22 million viewers. Season 20 opened with 7.89 million viewers, while the season prior launched with a little more than 8 million. Those numbers all pale in comparison to when the program was at its peak, pulling in more than 15 million viewers as a new season began.
NBC is clearly willing to cough up millions more to attract a younger audience, and there are only a handful of artists who have the clout and power to potentially help the series slow its decline, or possibly even reverse it. Grande’s $20 million or $25 million payday is certainly a risk, but one that had to be made. Compared to her co-stars, she is far and away the most successful act in music right now.
2021 might turn out to be Grande’s biggest year in terms of earnings, as she also recently launched a makeup line, R.E.M. beauty and she just signed on to star in the Wicked movie. She wasn’t able to venture out on a worldwide tour, which also would have seen her earn millions, but she does continue to bring in huge sums in streaming royalties, as she often ranks as one of the most successful musicians on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. 


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