Site-specific labeling of proteins with paramagnetic lanthanides offers unique opportunities by virtue of NMR spectroscopy in structural biology. In particular, these paramagnetic data, generated by the anisotropic paramagnetism including pseudocontact shifts (PCS), residual dipolar couplings (RDC), and paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE), are highly valuable in structure determination and mobility studies of proteins and protein–ligand complexes. Herein, we present a new way to label proteins in a site-specific manner with a high-affinity and chemically stable tag, 4-vinyl(pyridine-2,6-diyl)bismethylenenitrilo tetrakis(acetic acid) (4VPyMTA), through thiol alkylation. Its performance has been demonstrated in G47C and E64C mutants of human ubiquitin both in vitro and in a crowded environment. In comparison with the published tags, 4VPyMTA has several interesting features: 1) it has a very high binding affinity for lanthanides (higher than EDTA), 2) there is no heterogeneity in complexes with lanthanides, 3) the derivatized protein is stable and potentially applicable to the in situ analysis of proteins.