The kids are alright, according to The Voice producer Audrey Morrissey, who acknowledged them in her acceptance speech for the NBC show’s victory in the Reality Competition Series category at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
The show, which had eight Emmy nominations this year and 38 over its lifetime, has won the category each of the past three years.
The Voice uses a semi-rotating cast of music stars critiquing and mentoring rising young singers. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are the show stalwarts, with Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Shakira and Usher putting in time at various points, among other artists.
Morrissey said she accepted the award on behalf of The Voice family. “When I say family, I really mean it. The gorgeous people behind me…or the countless kids that come, the artists that share their voices, our coaches — they work so hard and help those kids grow as singers and artists. We really, really are a family and it’s the fun, the heart, and the love that we all have that somehow translates onto the screen.” She also thanked the show’s “loyal fans. We love you.”
Backstage, the team behind The Voice elaborated on what makes a great contestant for the show. “A perfect voice. A perfect attitude. A great story helps, but really it’s the attitude. Being willing to accept the coaching that is given to them. Willingness to work with us and try their best week after week so the fans watch them grow. It’s incredibly gratifying to work with these young talented people who care so much about bettering their craft and their art.”
Other nominees in the category included RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Amazing Race, Top Chef, American Ninja Warrior and Project Runway.
The Voice is produced by NBC, MGM Television, Talpa Media USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.
John De Mol, Mark Burnett, Morrissey, Jay Bienstock, Lee Metzger, and Chad Hines executive produce.