When it came down to the wire, it was 12-year old Grace VanderWaal who had enough talent to beat the herd and become the winner of “America’s Got Talent” 2016!
Who could have thought when AGT 2016 began that a 12-year-old would end up bagging a sum of a million dollars by the end of season 11? But that is what tween singing sensation Grace VanderWaal has managed to do!
Grace VanderWaal AGT 2016 Winner
Taking her performance on AGT to a full circle, Grace went back to her audition song, “I Don’t Know My Name”, after another original piece called “Clay”, and performed it once again in the finale with extra oomph and precision, mesmerizing the audience and judges once again.
According to Hollywood Life, Grace VanderWaal was among the top 5 finalists along with Sal Valentinetti, Jon Dorenbos, The Clairvoyants and Brian Justin Crum. And after the votes were counted Grace VanderWaal came out at the top!
As soon as the winner was declared by Nick Cannon, Grace dropped to her knees and started sobbing, reports Hollywood Life! She was just so happy!
Grace VanderWaal Facts
Here are some of the must-know facts about Grace VanderWaal:
Grace was born on 15th January 2004, in Suffern, New York to David and Tina VanderWaal. She has an elder sister, Olivia, who was also present throughout the competition supporting her, reports Famous Birthdays.
It is one thing to lend your voice to some famous singer’s songs and wholly another thing to come up with your own original compositions! Grace has been writing and composing her own music from the age of 10, reports Hollywire. She also plays a rare instrument – the ukulele that she purchased with her pocket money on her 11th birthday.
She took the AGT auditions by fire when sang her first original composition, “I Don’t Know My Name”, onstage. The judges could not believe the level of talent displayed by Grace at such a tender age. Howie Mandel even hit the Golden Buzzer for young Grace for her incredible performance. She went on to sing other compositions such as, “Beautiful Thing” “Light The Sky” and “Clay” throughout the season.
Despite becoming famous overnight, Grace has managed to not let her new found popularity get to her head. And how did she manage to do that? “My family and the producers of this show have helped me so much not really to become a stuck up little girl!” she told Hollywood Life. “A lot of people have been a great support and helped me through everything!”
Grace’s talent has been compared to many famous singers. Simon Cowell said that Grace reminded him of a young Taylor Swift after her AGT performance. Grace’s finale performance led her to be compared to the likes of Kelly Clarkson.
Funnily, though, when it comes to Grace herself, she has only eyes for Katy Perry, she admitted in an interview with Hollywire. Uh oh! Taylor Swift, who is following Grace on Twitter, is not going to like that! Moreover, Grace also has a celebrity crush and it’s none other than Zac Efron!
New “Finale” Hair
Looks like Grace not only has a singing talent like Taylor Swift but also has her fashion sense! According to International Business Times, she changed her straight and sleek golden blonde hair to cute little curls, showing off her new hairdo on Instagram, sporting cross eyes in her picture.
While most people have extended their congratulations towards Grace becoming the winner of “America’s Got Talent”, there are those who have shown concern over such a young girl getting to perform her own show in Las Vegas, since the place is not really known for attracting many tweens.
Grace VanderWaal Photos
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