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Team Pharrell's Sawyer Fredericks wins it all on 'The Voice'

By Marilyn Malara
Team Pharrell's Sawyer Fredericks wins it all on 'The Voice'
Koryn Hawthorne, Meghan Linsey, Sawyer Fredericks and Joshua Davis are photographed before the season 8 finale of 'The Voice.' Photo by NBC's The Voice/Instagram

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) -- Bluesy folk singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks made the final cut on this season's finale of The Voice.

After two hours of performances peppered with celebrities like Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, John Fogerty and Luke Bryan, 16-year-old Fredericks won the top spot -- $100,000 and a shiny new recording contract.

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Voice coach Pharrell also celebrated his first win since his less-than-successful debut last year. The musician now joins Usher, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the list of season victors since the show's launch in 2011.

Congratulations @sawyerfrdrx for winning @nbcthevoice and thank you for being on my team. Can't wait to see what your future holds 🎉

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Frederick's triumph came as a surprise to some viewers, who expected seasoned artist Meghan Linsey to take it all. Second place winner, Linsey (Team Blake), was once the girlish half of successful country duo Steel Magnolia, but after the act broke apart and the soulful 29-year-old lost her clout, she auditioned for a chance to reinvent herself on The Voice.

Among Fredericks, the other two competitors were third place winner Joshua Davis (Team Adam) and fourth place winner Koryn Hawthorne (Team Pharrell).

The four coaches took the stage for a performance all their own. Levine, Shelton, Aguilera and Williams came together and performed "The Thrill Is Gone," while the platinum-blonde bombshell of the clique dominated with her thrilling vocals.

Federicks already made a name for himself on iTunes, as fans made him a top 10 artist by downloading his performances in droves every week. To close the finale after his win, sweet-voiced Federicks performed his newest single "Please," written by his own musical inspiration Ray LaMontagne.

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