Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the crown at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, making this the third consecutive year that a Miss America has hailed from The Empire State.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri passed the crown to Kira, who sang Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while keeping the beat by banging a red plastic cup on the floor.
ET's Nancy O'Dell even got a shout out during the competition, as Miss South Carolina Lanie Hudson name-checked Nancy during her intro. Nancy, a South Carolina native, is also a former pageant queen, having represented South Carolina at Miss America 1988.
"From the state that brought you Nancy O'Dell, I'm here to be your entertainment tonight," said Hudson.
Unfortunately for some contestants beauty isn't always pretty. Check out this compilation of past beauty pageant bloopers below.