“The Voice” has crowned its winner: Danielle Bradbery is the Season 4 champion.
The 16-year-old country singer from Team Blake is the competition’s youngest winner ever, beating out fellow team members The Swon Brothers, who came in third place, and runner-up Michelle Chamuel of newbie coach Usher’s team to become Season 4’s “Voice” winner.
“I’m so thankful,” Danielle said after the final results were announced as tears filled her eyes and confetti fell on the stage. “I’m sorry. I’m speechless.”
No one went home empty-handed, though: All of the finalists won cars, courtesy of Kia.
A very confident Blake — who celebrated his 38th birthday on Tuesday and won both Season 2 (Jermaine Paul) and Season 3 (Cassadee Pope) — said in his final confessional, “I know that Danielle and The Swon Brothers want this so badly that it’s going to make my year to see them standing in the winner’s circle.”
“I came from singing in my room to being in the Top 3 and it’s crazy,” “Voice” winner Danielle said in her final confessional before the results came in. “I told my high school I would come back home with the win for them.”
Earlier in the evening, younger Swon Brother Colton told Michelle and Danielle, “I would gladly lose to either one of them … not just because they’re awesome talents, but because of their hearts. The Swon Brothers love you very much. You know that.” Michelle added that the other finalists “inspire [her] as people” as well and she’s “very grateful and honored” to be part of “The Voice” Season 4.
“I’m already proud of her to even be this far,” Usher said of runner-up Michelle at the start of “The Voice” finale. “I could think of nothing sweeter than for me to be able to stand on stage and greet her as the winner of ‘The Voice.'”
The two-hour “Voice” finale was chock-full of big-name performances, plus the three finalists and more Season 4 contestants. Pitbull and a newly-svelte Christina Aguilera, who will return with Cee Lo Green for Season 5 in the fall, kicked things off, performing their hit “Feel This Moment.”
The Swon Brothers brought back their eliminated team members Holly Tucker and Justin Rivers, as well as Team Adam’s Amber Carrington, for Lady Antebellum’s “Stars Tonight.” Continuing the starry theme, Michelle took the stage with One Republic for “Counting Stars.”
Then, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly performed the summer smash “Cruise” and Team Usher’s Vedo and Josiah Hawley, and Team Shakira’s Kris Thomas and Garrett Gardner took on The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” with Holly on the sax (seriously). Before she became “The Voice” winner, Danielle brought out three Team Adam alumni — Amber, Caroline Glaser and Sarah Simmons — for an energetic performance of Carrie Underwood’s “All-American Girl.”
Bruno Mars also stopped by with his new ’70s-inspired single “Treasure” — complete with gold chains and red suits — and Bob Seger took the stage with The Swon Brothers, singing “Night Moves.” Team Adam’s controversially-eliminated Judith Hill, Team Usher’s Cathia and Team Shakira’s Karina Iglesias and Sasha Allen put on a girl-powered performance of En Vogue’s “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It).”
Season 4 “Voice” winner Danielle also got to perform with one of her favorite country singers: Hunter Hayes joined the young artist on stage for a duet of his hit “I Want Crazy.” And when the opportunity came for Michelle to bring back some Season 4 contestants, she chose her fellow Team Usher contestants: Josiah, Vedo and Cathia took the stage with her for The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out.”
Finally, Cher came out with a wild headpiece, for a highly-anticipated performance of her new single “Woman’s World” before “The Voice” winner was crowned.
By Jaimie Etkin