'The Voice' Winner: Danielle Bradbery Gets the Crown for Season 4

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Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 12:39 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Danielle Bradbery has been crowned winner in the fourth season of NBC's singing competition "The Voice."

The 16-year-old country singer from Cypress, Texas, beat out finalists Michelle Chamuel, 26, and the Swon Brothers, Colton, 24, and Zach, 27, to claim the title Tuesday night.

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"Me and Michelle were holding onto each other, shaking," Bradbery said on the post-finale red carpet, USA Today reports. "When I heard my name, I could not believe it. It's going to take a while to sink in, but I'm just embracing the moment while it's here."

Bradbery is the youngest contestant to ever win on "The Voice," and the second female to claim the title. She is also the third member of singing coach Blake Shelton's team to win in four seasons.

"I wanted to make sure that Nashville respected her as much as they could," Shelton, also a country singer, said after the show. "Obviously, she's an incredible vocalist, but I wanted them to know that she respects country music and that's why we kept throwing it back to artists from 10-20 years ago ... showing Nashville that she can do that stuff, she can do new stuff."

Shakira, Usher, and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine are also coaches and judges on the show.

Shelton said it has been his goal "since day one" to have a country singer win the competition.

"I see us standing here talking about her 20 years from now," Shelton said. "And I wouldn't say that with this confidence about anybody else that's ever been on this show. Danielle Bradbery is a gift to the music industry and definitely a gift to 'The Voice.'"

Bradberry said she loves her genre's fan base.

"Country fans are loyal, they are amazing and they like to stick by you through everything. I love it," she said.

The two-hour season finale showcased a variety of famous artists, including the legendary and seemingly ageless Cher, who sang "Woman's World," the first single off her upcoming album, USA Today reported.

"I think shows like this might help you skirt a lot of the bad stuff that could be waiting for you," Cher said after her performance. "It's a great place to go and be seen by everybody and have that feeling that you can actually do it."

Referring to her late husband and longtime singing partner Sonny Bono, Cher added, "Sonny and I used to play bowling alleys and roller skating rinks. And that was hard to keep telling ourselves, 'We were good, we were good, we were good.'"

Other A-list singers who performed during "The Voice" season finale were Pitbull and Christina Aguilera, who opened the show with their hit "Feel This Moment." Bruno Mars also performed his newest single, "Treasure."

An average of 12.4 million viewers per episode tuned in this season. "The Voice" is down 1 percent in viewership since last season.

Despite the small ratings drop, the singing competition still beat out Fox's "American Idol" among young adults, though "Idol" draws more viewers overall.

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