Danielle Bradbery, one of Shelton’s two acts in the final three and the youngest singer in the competition this season, was named the Season 4 winner on the two-hour season finale. “I’m sorry, I’m speechless,” she told host Carson Daly.
Team Usher singer Michelle Chamuel took second place, and The Swon Brothers, also from Team Blake, took third place — making them the show’s highest-ranking duo or group in all four seasons. The results were in line with the predictions of TVGuide.com readers, 48 percent of whom said Danielle would take the Season 4 crown and secure Shelton the win on his birthday. Michelle followed with 38 percent of the vote, and The Swon Brothers received 14 percent.
The three finalists participated in several group performances with other eliminated contestants from this season. The three top acts also shared the spotlight with several high-profile performers, most notably Cher, who sang on live TV for the first time in more than a decade. Sporting a bright purple Mohawk, she belted “Woman’s World,” the first single from her new album of the same name. Her Burlesque co-star Christina Aguilera, who will take back her red chair in the fall along with Cee Lo Green, opened the show with a rousing performance of “Feel This Moment” with Pitbull. Bob Seger, Bruno Mars and Hunter Hayes also performed.