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America's Got Talent Winner Grace VanderWaal Says She's Just a Normal Kid

Originally posted 09/21/2016 11:30AM

Last week, Grace VanderWaal became the second female act to win America's Got Talent in 11 seasons – but according to her, she's just a regular 12-year-old kid.

So what does the tiny, ukulele-strumming singing sensation from Suffern, New York, like to do in her free time?

"Whenever people ask me this, I kind of realize how bland I am!" VanderWaal tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "I like to read. I like to hang out with my sister. I like to ride my bike a lot."

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Surprise! Taylor Swift Sends America's Got Talent Winner (and Lookalike) Grace Vanderwaal a Sweet Gift

Originally posted 09/17/2016 09:55AM

When she auditioned for America's Got Talent, 12-year-old singer songwriter Grace Vanderwaal was dubbed "the next Taylor Swift" by judge Simon Cowell – a compliment she called "truly amazing." And it looks like Swift might agree!

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America's Got Talent Winner Grace Vanderwaal Is One Step Closer to Getting Her Treehouse Thanks to $1 Million Prize Money

Originally posted 09/15/2016 10:50PM

Grace Vanderwaal won $1 million and the title of America's Got Talent's season 11 champion.

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Simon Cowell on His Lack of Involvement In Some  One Direction Members' Solo Projects: 'I'm Not Bitter – Much'

Simon Cowell on His Lack of Involvement In Some One Direction Members' Solo Projects: 'I'm Not Bitter – Much'

Originally posted 09/15/2016 07:45PM

Simon Cowell doesn't really have hard feelings towards his lack of involvement in some of One Direction's solo projects.

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6 Incredible Covers of AGT Winner Grace Vanderwaal's Original Songs

Originally posted 09/15/2016 02:10PM

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Grace Vanderwaal should be very flattered.

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12-Year-Old America's Got Talent Winner Grace Vanderwaal Bought Her Own Ukulele – with Birthday Money!

Originally posted 09/15/2016 02:00PM

Twelve-year-old Grace Vanderwaal stole Simon Cowell's heart while plucking her ukulele, but the adorable America's Got Talent winner might not have been as victorious without her piggy bank.

Vanderwaal revealed on Thursday that she first fell in love with the unique instrument when a family friend from Brazil visited.

"She played the ukulele and so I wanted one because she played one and I really liked it," the preteen explained on Access Hollywood Live . "Her hand looked so cool when she played it. And so I asked one for my 11th birthday and I remember my mom did not buy me one because she thought I would never play it!"

Instead, Vanderwaal saved up all of her birthday money to purchase her own. And the new instrument only furthered Vanderwaal's songwriting.

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5 Things to Know About America's Got Talent Winner Grace Vanderwaal

Originally posted 09/15/2016 10:55AM

Within a few seconds of Grace Vanderwaal stepping on the America's Got Talent stage, the nation fell in love with the 12-year-old singer. From the original song she performed at her initial audition to her charming disposition, it was clear very early on that Vanderwaal was going far.

On Wednesday, the musical phenom was announced as the winner of season 11 of the reality competition show, clinching the million dollar prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas. And most of her friends at school didn't even know she sang!

Find out more about the talented young entertainer below.

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Simon Cowell Says AGT Phenom Grace Vanderwaal's Win Was a 'Kelly Clarkson Moment'

Originally posted 09/15/2016 09:40AM

Grace Vanderwaal wasn't even born when Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol in 2002 – but her America's Got Talent win Wednesday night was just as iconic.

In fact, judge Simon Cowell even took a moment to point out the similarities between the two moments.

"That moment at the end, it reminded me of the Kelly Clarkson moment," Cowell, 56, told reporters after the show. "You know, when they said, 'And the winner is Kelly Clarkson.' I kind of had that same feeling again when they read her name out, and I saw her reaction and she was literally in pieces. I like that though."

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Amazing Grace! The Performances That Made Us Fall in Love with the AGT Winner

Originally posted 09/15/2016 08:50AM

At just 12 years old, Grace Vanderwaal has stolen America's heart and nabbed the title of America's Got Talent winner.

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America's Got Talent Winner Grace Vanderwaal, 12, Reveals What She's Going to Do with Her $1 Million Prize

Originally posted 09/15/2016 08:45AM

Grace Vanderwaal knows exactly what she's going to do with her $1 million for winning America's Got Talent Wednesday night.

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