By Kevin Rutherford
Usher has scored No. 1 songs and albums, plus sold-out tours across the world. But before Tuesday, one trophy was missing from his mantle: a team win on The Voice.
The R&B songs man marked his second season on the singing competition with an overall victory as Josh Kaufman scored the win in the show’s sixth season.
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Kaufman, a soul artist from Indianapolis and father of three children, scored his win after rattling off renditions of Adele‘s “Set Fire to the Rain,” Stevie Wonder‘s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” and “Every Breath You Take” from the Police, a duet he performed with Usher.
Jake Worthington, a country artist and (naturally) part of Blake Shelton‘s Team Blake, took the runner-up spot, while Christina Grimmie of Adam Levine‘s team finished third. Fourth judge Shakira did not have a singer advance to the finale.
With his victory, Kaufman garners a recording contract with Universal and $100,000 in prize money — plus a car from series sponsor Kia.
The star-studded Voice finale Tuesday night included multiple big-name acts stopping by to peddle their wares. Justin Moore let out a rendition of “Lettin’ the Night Roll” and Tim McGraw kept the country flow with “City Lights.” Meanwhile, Coldplay showed up on this, the week of the release of Ghost Stories, to perform “With a Sky Full of Stars,” their single with Avicii.
Each of the top three performed duets as well. Days after its premiere, Robin Thicke‘s “Get Her Back” got the live treatment with Kaufman and Thicke crooning it, while Worthington teamed with Alabama for “Mountain Music.” Grimmie’s all-star collaboration was with Ed Sheeran; the pair performed “All of the Stars,” Sheeran’s solemn single from The Fault in Our Stars.
The show’s seventh season is set to premiere in the fall. Shelton and Levine will return as coaches, Pharrell and Gwen Stefani joining them for the first time.