Spoiler alert: Do not proceed if you haven’t watched tonight’s America’s Got Talent finale! Grab some Kleenex, you’ll need it! Trust us…
America’s Got Talent has crowned its new winner!
Grace VanderWaal, the adorable and talented 12-year-old singer and ukeleleist from Suffern, New York who became an Internet sensation this season, beat out Austrian mentalists, The Clairvoyants, for the $1 million grand prize on Wednesday’s season 11 finale.
VanderWaal, who struck a chord with viewers almost immediately with her sultry voice (judge Simon Cowell even dubbed her the next Taylor Swift), broke down almost immediately after she was announced as the winner, tears streaming down her face as confetti rained down onstage.
Host Nick Cannon asked VanderWaal, who will headline her own Las Vegas show as the newest America's Got Talent winner, if they were tears of joy, and she responded, voice cracking, “Yes, of course!”
Judge Howie Mandel immediately ran up onstage to praise VanderWaal’s impressive achievement.
“You sang that every person is a shining, you are a shooting star, you are on your way. I love you. You are so special,” Mandel told VanderWaal.
Awww! If that doesn’t make your heart burst, we don’t know what will.
At only 12 years old, VanderWaal performed several original songs throughout the competition and captured the hearts of America. Here’s a beautiful performance of one of her originals, “Clay.”
The day before the finale, VanderWaal took a moment to be thankful for her time on the reality competition show.
“Thank you @nbcagt for this amazing experience and for everyone who supported me,” she wrote on Twitter. “I can’t be thankful enough.”