America’s Got Talent has produced over a dozen winners since the competition show’s inception in 2006. Here are all the winners from Season One to today.
The Mayyas America’s Got Talent Season 17 Winner
Maya, a female dance group from Lebanon, won Season 17 for their spectacular dances, in which groups of women worked together to create images of snakes, eyes, and out of their bodies. Memorable moment: He won the Golden Buzzer from Sofia Vergara!
Dustin Tavella America’s Got Talent Season 16 Winner
From his very first audition, Tavella brought his unique take on magic to a touching (inexplicable) performance using his love for family and an emotional personal story. He currently performs in the ‘Luxor Residency’ series.
Brandon Leake America’s Got Talent Season 15 Winner
Brandon Leakes won Season 15 on September 23, 2020, becoming the show’s first spoken word poet performer. Howie Mandel raised his golden buzzer for Brandon at the audition and supported him through to the live finale. The runner-up duo was singing Broken Roots.
Kodi Lee America’s Got Talent Season 14 Winner
Singer and pianist Cody Lee earned the Golden Buzzer for his emotional performance of Leon Russell’s “A Song for You.” He is the first autistic person to win the show and continues to raise awareness for the autistic community. She has made several public appearances since her win and can be seen on TikTok having fun with her siblings.
Shin Lim America’s Got Talent Season 13 Winner
The thirteenth season was aired during 2018, between May 29 to September 19. Shin Lim is a magician who won the most recent season of America’s Got Talent. Also, he defeated runner-up acrobatic group Zurcaroh with public votes in 2018. Shin is the second individual to win America’s Got Talent after Mat Franco in Season 9.
Darci Lynne America’s Got Talent Season 12 Winner
Vocalist Darci Lynne Farmer was also 12 when she won with the help of puppet friends Petunia and Oscar. Memorable moment: The Beatles’ performance of a three-part version of “With a Little Help from My Friends”.
Grace VanderWaal America’s Got Talent Season 11 Winner
Judge Howie Mandel’s golden buzzer choice, VanderWaal was just 12 years old when she won and came out of her shell. What impressed fans the most was the fact that he not only had a divine voice, but also a strong talent for songwriting, often penning his own original tunes.
Paul Zedrin America’s Got Talent Season 10 Winner
The tenth season was broadcast during 2015 from 26 May to 16 September. Paul Jardine is a British comedian and ventriloquist who won America’s Got Talent season ten. In addition, he has been on several nationwide tours, including Paul Zerdin LIVE, which began in 2017, and the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Zerdin, 46, recently played a supporting role in the London Palladium’s version of Snow White.
Mat Franco America’s Got Talent Season 9 Winner
The Johnston, Rhode Island, native became the first magician to win the talent competition series. But his sleight-of-hand style of magic didn’t just secure him an AGT victory. His ongoing Las Vegas show, Magic Reinvented Nightly, earned him the best magic show award at the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Awards and is the top-rated magic show in Vegas.
Kenichi Ebina America’s Got Talent Season 8 Winner
Kenichi Ebina won Season 8 on September 18, 2013, a 38-year-old dancer. The runner-up was stand-up comedian Taylor Williamson. Japanese performance artist Kenichi Ebina has kept a low profile since winning “AGT” in 2013. He has been dancing all over the world at various venues. He also released an app in 2015 called Dance-ish Me, where users can upload photos of their face into various dance situations, similar to JibJab.
Olate Dogs America’s Got Talent Season 7 Winner
After four consecutive years of singers winning the talent contest, father-son duo and dog trainers, Richard and Nicolas Ouellet, emerged as the winners of the seventh season. Featuring a dog performing a doggy conga line and multiple backflips, Owlette Dogs melted the hearts of the judges and audience. They continue to perform in venues across the country.
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. America’s Got Talent Season 6 Winner
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. was the winner of Season 6 of AGT in 2011. The singer dominated the competition, receiving a yes from all three judges after a show-stopping performance of Bono and Frank Sinatra’s I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
Michael Grimm America’s Got Talent Season 5 Winner
Michael Grimm, the third singer to win the grand prize, released albums before his audition in 2010. Home for your grandparents. He continues to perform today, and highlights of his career include opening for Stevie Nicks.
Kevin Skinner America’s Got Talent Season 4 Winner
Kevin Skinner won AGT Season 4 on September 16, 2009. He is an American country singer and guitarist and Kevin defeated the runner-up Barbara Padilla. In 2010, she released an album titled Long Ride after performing songs such as If Tomorrow Never Comes and Always on My Mind on the show. Kevin went missing in 2014 and his wife also divorced him due to mental illness.
Neal E. Boyd America’s Got Talent Season 3 Winner
Neil E. Boyd, an opera singer from Missouri. Memorable moment: Boyd belted out the Puccini standard Nessun Dorma (made famous by Luciano Pavarotti at the 1990 World Cup tournament) at his audition and impressed the judges. He passed away on June 10, 2018 due to heart failure and kidney ailment.
Terry Fator America’s Got Talent Season 2 Winner
Terry Fator is an American ventriloquist, impressionist, and comedian. In 2008, he won season 2nd of America’s Got Talent. He uses several different puppets in his act.
Bianca Ryan America’s Got Talent Season 1 Winner
Bianca Ryan was only 11 years old when she made a splash with her soulful rendition of the Dreamgirls classic, “And I’m Telling You.” Brandi Norwood, David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan progressed week after week, receiving unanimous positive feedback from the judges from Ryan and were eventually crowned the first winners of the talent competition. She continues to sing, and has tried her hand at acting on Broadway.