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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Danielle Bradbery has "The Voice" -- and the microphone-holding trophy to match.

The 16-year-old country singer said she was "overwhelmed with emotion" when she was crowned the winner of the NBC singing competition Tuesday.

"I mean confetti and fireworks in the background and being handed this really heavy trophy. It was all so incredibly overwhelming," Bradbery said of her crowning moment. "I finished the song like they told me to. But yeah, it was scary."

No one was more proud than Bradbery's doting coach Blake Shelton, who helped the young powerhouse beat out indie rocker Michelle Chamuel and country duo the Swon Brothers for the Season 4 title and also happened to be celebrating his 37th birthday.

"I've been drinking. Just so you know, I'll be honest," he admitted on the post-show red carpet. "This started out a special day because it's my birthday. And my wife's here with me and we've been having fun. We watched last night's episode on DVR when we got home and the two of us decided that it's up in the air.... To see that Danielle won, that's a big deal for me obviously. But it's a bigger deal for this show because Danielle Bradbery is actually a true amateur and we saw her go from being that to a pro before our very eyes."

Shelton's fellow coaches were also celebrating Bradbery's big win. But Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine was keeping their friendly competition alive.

"No, I'm not happy for Blake," joked Levine. "God no. I'm happy for Danielle. Danielle is amazing and she was from the beginning one of my favourites so I'm happy she won."

Usher and Shakira were this season's new mentors. They will not be returning for season 5 (Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green will resume their spots on the coaches panel), but both plan to come back for season 6.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 20, 2013 C18

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