Grace VanderWaal. Remember that name, because she is going to soar to the top of the charts one day.
At 12 years old, she's already won the hearts of America's Got Talent's giant audience, as well as the competition's four judges. During her first audition back in June, she performed her original song "I Don't Know My Name," which prompted Simon Cowell to dub her "the next Taylor Swift." And on Tuesday night (September 13), VanderWaal was the last of the 10 finalists to compete, and her performance was completely worthy of the word "slay."
Donning her ukulele, she sang "Clay" — the fourth original song she's performed on the show — and quickly wowed everyone in the room with her tune about refusing to change who she is and not wanting to mold to someone else's desires.
Judge Howie Mandel, who gave VanderWaal the coveted Golden Buzzer after her initial audition, was like a proud father, tweeting, "...oh my little Golden Buzzer has me buzzin." After her performance, VanderWaal proudly tweeted, "Thank you @nbcagt for this amazing experience and for everyone who supports me I can't be thankful enough. #AGTFinale #MiraclesCanHappen."
Her second hashtag is referencing something she said when Cowell asked if she could win it all: "Well, I mean, miracles can happen, so possibly." Check out the endearing clip above.
The winner of Season 11 will be announced tonight on NBC.