updated 06/19/2013 AT 7:30 AM ET
•originally published 06/18/2013 AT 11:30 PM ET
The Voice has a new champ: Danielle Bradbery!
She was crowned at Tuesday’s star-studded finale, which featured a rare performance by Cher and performances by Bruno Mars, Pitbull and Christina Aguilera, who’ll be back in her swivel chair next season, along with fellow coach Cee Lo Green.
“I’m so thankful,” said an overwhelmed-looking Bradbery, just 16, after her win as her eyes brimmed with tears. “I’m sorry, I’m speechless.”
This is the third win in a row for Shelton, who happened to be celebrating his 37th birthday Tuesday night – and was serenaded with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” from the audience before the show went live.
The victory comes after a successful season filled with particularly talented singers – something Shelton pointed out Monday night.
“I seriously think this is the best season of The Voice that we’ve had so far,” Shelton said after The Swon Brothers kicked off the finale performances Monday with The Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why.”
The season also stood out for the camaraderie between the judges and the contestants, who showed respect and support for one another throughout the competition – despite the friendly bickering between Shelton and fellow coach Adam Levine.