There was a lot of show to go first, and the first order of business was Simon Cowell.
Fans were hoping the head judge – still recovering from a broken back in an accident last month – would make an appearance for the final; this turned out not to be the case.
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The show kicked off with a performance by Usher, performing a mix of his hits while involving judges Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel.
Other highlights include appearances from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Blake Shelton and, most surprisingly of all, the Duchess of Sussex, with Meghan Markle herself making a virtual appearance to share her support for singer Archie Williams .
Finally, it was time to announce the winner.
Outfielder Alan Silva finished in fifth place. 11-year-old Canadian singer Roberta Battaglia landed in fourth place and singer Cristina Rae in third.
This Broken Roots vocal duo and spoken word poet Brandon Leake are the latter two.
And the winner is…
The votes have arrived!
– America’s Got Talent Finale tonight! (@AGT) September 24, 2020
… Brandon Leake, the first time a spoken word poet has won “America’s Got Talent”.
Here’s how Leake fans reacted to his victory on Twitter.
– Michelle Tibbels (@MichelleTibbels) September 24, 2020
Fabulous! The most talented there!
– taxidriverfor3 (@ llantz04) September 24, 2020
Brandon Leake won AGT !!!!
– Sachin Jain (@ SachinJ64430940) September 24, 2020
– Chadwick (@AtMeCEH) September 24, 2020
In honor of his victory, check out Leakes’ Golden Buzzer-worthy performance earlier this season.