(LOS ANGELES) — Josh Kaufman won the sixth season of NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday night. The artist, who belonged to Usher’s team, took the fan vote over the runner-up, Team Blake Shelton’s Jake Worthington.
Christina Grimmie, a member of Adam Levine’s team, finished third.
After the results were announced by host Carson Daly, Kaufman said, “I can’t even talk. I’m overwhelmed, I’m surprised, I’m happy.”
Kaufman, who has a wife and three kids, receives a recording contract. All three finalists were also awarded a Kia car.
This was the first Voice season that did not end with an artist from Levine or Shelton’s teams winning the competition.
The two-hour finale was heavy on musical performances. Each of the finalists teamed up with an established act. Kaufman joined Robin Thicke on his new song, “Get Her Back,” an ode to his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton. Worthington teamed up with Alabama for their hit, “Mountain Music.” And Ed Sheeran, a former Voice adviser, welcomed Grimmie onto the stage for “All of the Stars.”
Kaufman, Worthington and Grimmie also presented a “bring back” performance, in which they invited previously-eliminated contestants to return to the stage.
Kaufman joined forces with T.J. Wilkins, Stevie Joe and Sisaundra Lewis for “Am I Wrong,” by Nico & Vinz. Worthington enlisted Kat Perkins, Kristen Merlin, Audra McLaughlin, Ryan Whyte Maloney and Morgan Wallen for Kenny Chesney’s “Summertime.” And Grimmie brought back Tess Boyer, Bria Kelly and Jake Barker for a rendition of Lorde’s “Team.”
We also saw Stevie Joe, Jake Barker, Morgan Wallen, Delvin Choice and Patrick Thomson perform Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone.” Tess Boyer, Deja Hall, Dani Moz, Madilyn Paige and Melissa Jiménez tackled Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”
Aside from his collaboration with Grimmie, Sheeran performed “Sing” solo; Coldplay played “A Sky Full of Stars”; OneRepublic presented “Love Runs Out”; Tim McGraw sang “City Lights”; and Justin Moore delivered a live take on “Lettin’ The Night Roll.”
Several artists from the current season of The Voice, as well as a few contestants from past seasons, will go on tour this summer. Check out the lineup and tour dates at NBCTheVoiceTour.com.
Levine and Shelton took a moment during Tuesday night’s broadcast to say goodbye to their fellow coaches, Usher and Shakira. The latter two will be replaced by Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani for the fall season.
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