10:51 PM EDT 12/10/2013
Originally posted 12/10/2013 08:45AM
Tessanne Chin's coach, Adam Levine, alluded to a personal and private burden she'd been carrying this week, but she channeled those raw emotions into her performance on The Voice on Monday, with a searing version of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" that had the audience on its feet cheering.
Pouring out her heart, the Jamaican power vocalist ended her song with a sustained note that showcased her strength and likely cemented her place in the show's final as the last five contestants battled in the live semifinals round.
"That was crazy what just happened," Levine said. "The sheer talent is just ? I think that is probably the most flawless and graceful performance I've ever heard on this show."
Originally posted 11/07/2013 03:00PM
Everything in country is big, from the hair to the trucks to the personalities. It's no surprise, then, that on country's biggest night, the good times kept rolling even after hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley delivered their final punch lines at Wednesday's CMA Awards.
So how did Nashville's finest celebrate when they filed out of Bridgestone Arena?
Country heavyweights like Pinnacle Award winner Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw (who both earned accolades for their hit "Highway Don't Care") partied with their industry peers – including James Young, Mike Eli, Jon Jones, Brantley Gilbert, Chris Thompson, Jay DeMarcus, Reid Perry, Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry, Scott Borchetta, Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn and Laura Bell Bundy – at Big Machine Label Group's CMAs afterparty (pictured above).
Originally posted 06/20/2013 10:15AM
Danielle Bradbery, the Texas teen who had never performed in public but became the season 4 winner of The Voice Tuesday night, has a record deal.
And not just any record deal: She's been signed by Taylor Swift's label.
Just one day after Bradbery picked up the big prize, making her coach, birthday boy Blake Shelton, proud, Nashville's Big Machine Records scooped up the talented 16-year-old singer.
She is slated to begin recording next week, Just Jared reports.
Originally posted 06/19/2013 09:30AM
The Voice coach Blake Shelton has always been wildly supportive of the artists on his team, but he puts Danielle Bradbery in another category after her big victory on the season 4 finale Tuesday night.
"I think it's the most important win we have had so far on The Voice because Danielle is the first winner of The Voice that had no professional experience in the past," he told PEOPLE Tuesday, after she beat out her teammates, the Swon Brothers, and Usher's singer, Michelle Chamuel. "Her biggest performances ever were for her family at Thanksgiving."
Originally posted 06/19/2013 02:30PM
Happy birthday to Blake Shelton!
The Voice coach – whose singer Danielle Bradbery was crowned the winner Tuesday night – has a lot to celebrate as he turns 37 June 18.
"We are going to go to the wrap party [for The Voice] and we are going to blow it out," Shelton told PEOPLE after the big finale, which included performances by Cher and Christina Aguilera. "That means drinking our face off. No sugar coating that."
Originally posted 06/19/2013 10:35AM
Cher is back!
Glammed up in a punk-rock look that included a fierce faux-hawk wig, the singer, 67, made her much-anticipated first TV performance in 10 years on Tuesday night's season finale of The Voice, which crowned Danielle Bradbery the winner.
The music icon hit the stage to perform "Woman's World," a throbbing dance tune that is the first single from her upcoming album, Closer to the Truth.
Wearing black boots, a short jeweled jacket covering a halter top with webbed netting exposing a bit of her still-taut midriff, Cher jammed with a host of back-up dancers as judges and the audience welcomed her with loud cheers. Watch the performance below.
Originally posted 06/18/2013 11:30AM
Texas teen Danielle Bradbery predicted she wouldn't sleep at all Monday night. But the Swon Brothers said they'd rest peacefully, knowing they did their best on the final night of competition on season 4 of The Voice.
With the winner set to be announced live on Tuesday, Colton and Zach Swon told PEOPLE the night before that they felt like one of the ladies – indie rocker Michelle Chamuel of Team Usher or Bradbery – would take home the big prize.
"We'll be able to sleep tonight, and to see one of these girls win, we would be just as excited," Colton said. "We want to win, don't get us wrong, but they are just great people. The both deserve it."
Added Zach: "Danielle is a little prodigy."
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