America’s Got Talent Crowned Their Champ — And The Winner Is…

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Oh c’mon, you know who it is!

On Wednesday night, season 11 of America’s Got Talent wrapped, which means they crowned a winner and the results should NOT surprise you at all!

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Of course there have been a lot of exciting and memorable acts this year from singers, comediennes, and even a MAJOR mishap. In the end though, America voted and chose Grace VanderWaal a.k.a. “the next Taylor Swift“!

That’s right, the 12-year-old ukulele player beat out The Clairvoyants, and ended up walking away with the $1 million prize as well as headlining a show in Las Vegas — but that should come as NO surprise at all if you saw her final INCREDIBLE performance!

In fact, Grace has wowed the judges all season long with her performances, starting with her audition when Simon Cowell compared her to TayTay!

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After Nick Cannon took the stage last night and announced VanderWaal’s name, the songstress IMMEDIATELY burst into tears and could barely compose herself! Of course Howie Mandel — who gave Grace his Golden Buzzer — rushed up to congratulate the singer, as the two shared a quick hug!

But don’t take our word for it, check out the absolutely ADORABLE moment for yourself (below):

Oh but the night wasn’t over as Grace also shared a message to all her fans letting them know she’ll be performing in Vegas October 27, 28, and 29 at Planet Hollywood:

After the show, ET caught up with Miz VanderWaal and asked if she had any plans for the prize money to which the singer responded:

“I want to go on [Animal Planet’s] Treehouse Masters and get a sick treehouse — zip lines, bridges, everything.”


Mandel also opened up to ET regarding Grace’s big win saying:

“I’ve been watching the show for 11 years, I’ve been doing it for seven, I have never been more excited and more thrilled to listen and anticipate every week’s performance. I am such a big fan. If I was at home watching the show, I promise you, I would be downloading her tunes right away.”

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Howie went on to dish that he will absolutely continue to support the 12-year-old:

“I would be the first person to buy a ticket to her concert. I’ll be the first person in the front row at Planet Hollywood in Vegas watching you. I cannot believe it. I am so excited to know you, to meet you, and to just be a small part of it.”

The 60-year-old did have some advice for the budding star though as he said:

“Just do what you do, be who you are and own it and continue to own it. Be yourself, don’t be anybody else. Don’t listen to anybody else, because what your heart has been telling you is has worked and gotten you this far.”

Obviously, no one ever knows how an artist’s career is going to turn out, but like Howie, we’ve got a good feeling about Grace!

What did you think of last night’s big finale?!

Sep 15, 2016 8:14am PDT