Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Brandon Leake is the winner of America's Got Talent Season 15.
The 27-year-old spoken-word poet was crowned the new champion Wednesday during the NBC reality talent competition's two-hour live finale.
Leake, who earned Howie Mandel's Golden Buzzer in a previous episode, impressed the audience and judges with his emotional spoken-word performances throughout the competition.
The Stockton, Calif., native beat out nine other finalists to win the $1 million prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas. Music duo Broken Roots was the runner-up, followed by singer Cristina Rae.
Leake is the first spoken-word poet to appear in the competition.
"This is a huge win for the spoken-word community," he said Wednesday. "For an art form that has not been on the main stream ever to have a chance to win America's Got Talent is bigger than anything."
"I am going to show the world what a spoken-word poet can do," he added.
The Season 15 finale results were as follows:
First group eliminated: Bello Sisters, Danelia Tuleshova, Bad Salsa, Kenadi Dodds, Archie Williams
Fifth place: Alan Silva
Fourth place: Roberta Battaglia
Third place: Cristina Rae
Second Place: Broken Roots
First place: Brandon Leake