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12-year old singer-songwriter, Grace Vanderwaal, who stunned audiences with her talent and ukulele, won America’s Got Talent 2016.
VanderWaal, from the New York city of Suffern, beat contenders The Clairvoyants and mentalist duo Thommy Ten and Amelie van Tassa. The top 10 included five musical acts, but also a contortionist, a juggler, a comedian, and magician Jon Dorenbos.
‘We are all going to remember when we saw Grace sing live for the first time,’ said Simon Cowell.
‘I was pretty comfortable sharing my own song, because I try to make my songs to help people and make people relate to them,’ she told USA Today. ‘I don’t think of them as my personal diary reading out loud on a stage, (but as) me trying to hold someone’s hand. My songs flow out of me. It was like something that was inside of me and I didn’t even know, and it just came out in the way of a song.’
Stevie Knicks also praised Vanderwaal, saying, ‘I have been watching this show from the beginning, I have to say she reminds me a lot of me in a lot of ways. We sing very similar… We like to be weird and quirky and we like to be a little different… and not like anybody else.’