The Voice Crowns Danielle Bradbery
06/18/2013 AT 11:30 PM EDT
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.
Bradbery, of Team Blake Shelton, beat out Michelle Chamuel of Team Usher, who came in second, and The Swon Brothers, Zach and Colton, of Team Blake, who nabbed third place.
"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.
For winner Bradbery, the Texas high schooler told PEOPLE Monday night she's thinking about the next step in her burgeoning career. "I feel like I could start off making a single. I could start off really small, but then eventually get bigger."
Regarding, Chamuel, coach Usher has made it clear he wants to stay in touch with the increasingly popular rocker, who wowed audiences with her fierce performances and humble, sweet demeanor.
"Every artist would hope to possess these two things: likability and capability," Usher told her Monday after she performed a heartfelt version of "Why" by Annie Lennox. "To me, that represents a successful artist, and that is what you possess."
As for the The Swon Brothers, Zach told PEOPLE that Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, gave them a piece of advice that set their minds at ease, no matter the outcome. "She said she came in third on Nashville Star and look where she ended up. She's like 'Don't worry about winning. We are going to do great.' "
With reporting by JESSICA HERNDON