Country-crooning prodigy Danielle Bradbery was crowned the winner of season four of "The Voice" Tuesday night, beating out a crowded field of competitors decades her senior to clinch the title.
The 16-year-old from Team Blake — the youngest contestant this season, and one who had never performed on a stage before hitting "The Voice's" — eked out her victory over Team Usher's indie-pop dark horse Michelle Chamuel, who took second place, and Team Blake's country duo the Swon Brothers.
She was crowned at the end of a two-hour finale Tuesday night that saw pop stars rubbing elbows with the show's aspiring pop stars — not just the top three, but also a slew of the singers who had headed home earlier in the season.
And when she was, she grinned, wept and covered her mouth in disbelief of a sort that would make fellow country prodigy Taylor Swift proud. Somehow, she managed to sing a few bars of a song through that disbelief, though not without embraces from her rivals and from Shakira.
Danielle's win meant not only that she's the youngest winner of "The Voice" yet in its four seasons but also that Team Blake has now won his third season in a row on the show. (It also meant that Papa Shelton got quite a birthday present; Tuesday was his 37th.)
Leading up to her crowning moment, of course, were plenty of performances from "Voice" family members and high-wattage guests alike.
Erstwhile "Voice" coach Christina Aguilera, who returns in September to the red chair Shakira occupied this season, opened the show with a frenetic performance alongside Pitbull of their single "Feel This Moment." Descending from a giant pedestal, Aguilera looked glad to be back on "The Voice," even if she were on the stage instead of in a chair.
And in case Xtina and a room full of "Voice" hopefuls weren't divas enough, there was also Cher — a decade after her last live TV performance. The pop legend performed her upcoming relentless, club-ready single "Woman's World," clad in black leather and a headpiece that looked like a bird had flown into her coiffure.
Bruno Mars took the stage to perform "Treasure," and country band Florida Georgia Line paired with rapper Nelly performed "Cruise," to. But some of the most memorable performances by established stars came with their duets with the top three "Voice" contestants.
Michelle Chamuel joined one of her favorite bands, OneRepublic, onstage to exchange rapid-fire lyrics with lead singer Ryan Tedder on their electro-tinted folk-pop anthem "Counting Stars."
Later, Danielle Bradbery joined young country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes for a duet on his song "I Want Crazy." And and most memorably, the Swon Brothers, both rabid Bob Seger fans, joined with the rocker himself to croon his signature song "Night Moves," the trio seated in a row strumming acoustic guitars.
The top three also brought back some of their former teammates, and some rival team members, to join them on-stage and give viewers a glimpse of what "Voice" supergroups might look like.
The Swon boys reunited with former team members Justin Rivers and Holly Tucker, as well as with former Team Adam member Amber Carrington for a take on Lady Antebellum's "Stars Tonight."
Danielle brought back Amber to sing with her, too, as well as her former teammate Caroline Glaser (who wound up on Team Adam before she was eliminated) and Team Adam's Sarah Simmons, on a cover of Carrie Underwood's "All-American Girl."
And finally, Michelle invited back three of her former Team Usher teammates — R&B singer Vedo, Latin powerhouse Cathia and pop-rock crooner Josiah Hawley — for a joyful, funk-inflected take on Stevie Wonder's "We Can Work It Out" that had both Adam and Usher singing along.
Those former teammates got another chance to perform Tuesday night, too. Vedo and Josiah joined with Team Shakira's Garrett Gardner and Kris Thomas — as well as with Holly Tucker, wielding a saxophone — for a "Jersey Boys"-inspired take on the Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."
And four former and undoubtedly funky divas of season four — Cathia, Team Shakira's Sasha Allen and Karina Iglesias and Team Adam's Judith Hill — joined for En Vogue's "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)."