Brandon Leake wins America’s Got Talent Season 15

Blake Shelton foreground and Broken Roots perform on the

Brandon Leake was named the victor of "America's Got Talent" Season 15 at the end of Wednesday's finale episode.

Stockton native Brandon Leake took home the top prize - $1 million and the opportunity for a Las Vegas concert residency - as he was named victor of "America's Got Talent". Prior to his audition, no spoken word artist had ever been a contestant on the show, but it didn't take long for him to impress the judges and earn Howie Mandel's golden buzzer.

Season 15's runner-up, Broken Roots, also had a historic finish.

Usher, Ava Max and Blake Shelton also appeared on Wednesday night's season 15 finale.

Ahead of tonight's finale, host Terry Crews hosted a one-hour live special highlighting the show's Top 10 finalists and featuring an exclusive sneak peek at the preparations, along with never-before-seen backstage footage from the season. They were actually eliminated during the Judge Cuts, but brought back for the quarterfinals as a replacement for teen singer Thomas Day, who'd mysteriously dropped out at the last minute. Filming began earlier this year, but production was suspended after Klum fell ill, and resumed mid-June. Kelly Clarkson and Kenan Thompson both subbed for Cowell.