12-Year-Old Singer Wins $1 Million Grand Prize and Will Headline “America’s Got Talent Live” Show in Las Vegas. Season Finale Garnered Most Votes in Show’s History
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Sept. 14, 2016 — The votes are in and America has chosen Grace VanderWaal as winner of the 11th season of “America’s Got Talent.”
VanderWaal won over viewers with her incredible musical performances and talent and faced tough competition, including finalists Laura Bretan, The Clairvoyants, Brian Justin Crum, Jon Dorenbos, Sofie Dossi, Viktor Kee, Linkin’ Bridge, Tape Face and Sal Valentinetti.

This season of “America’s Got Talent” concluded at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with a star-studded live finale featuring performances by the 10 finalists along with Paula Abdul, Il Volo, Jersey Boys, Stevie Nicks and The Silhouettes.

VanderWaal, who lives in New York, began writing songs when she was 3 and loved performing her originals for family. She took piano lessons at 4 and started playing the saxophone when she was 10. For VanderWaal’s 11th birthday, she bought a ukulele with her birthday money and learned to play by watching YouTube videos. She has grown as an artist by performing at various open mic nights around New York and New Jersey and continues to learn music theory from a local musician.

VanderWaal will headline inside the PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on October 27-29. She will be joined by additional season 11 acts as well. Ticket information can be found at or by phone at (702) 777-2782 or (855) 234-7469.

Auditions for season 12 of “America’s Got Talent” will kick off in Chicago on Nov. 12 and will make 10 stops throughout the country, including Austin, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; Jacksonville, Fla.; Philadelphia, Penn.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Charleston, S.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Los Angeles, Calif.; and New York. For full details or to submit an online audition, please visit

“America’s Got Talent” has ranked as the #1 broadcast network series throughout the summer, finishing #1 among all primetime entertainment programs on the Big 4 networks every week it’s aired this summer in both adults 18-49 and total viewers. With an average 3.1 rating in 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers overall for its Tuesday edition, “Talent” is delivering its top-rated season in 18-49 in three years and its most-watched season in five years. Versus one year ago, the Tuesday “Talent” is up +7% in 18-49 rating and +10% in total viewers.

The “Got Talent” format, co-owned by FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment globally, holds the Guinness World Record as the most successful reality TV format. The show can be seen in 190 markets worldwide with more than 500 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006. “Britain’s Got Talent” is the U.K.’s highest rated entertainment show of the century and in 2009, discovered the global singing sensation, Susan Boyle, who has sold 19 million records to date.

“America’s Got Talent” was created by Simon Cowell and is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

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