Poet Brandon Leake already felt like a winner by just making it to the ‘America’s Got Talent’ finale on Wednesday. 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. That turned out to only be the beginning for Leake, as he ended up winning the entire competition. As the winner he will receive $1,000,000 and a headlining residency at the Luxor in Las Vegas. But for Leake, he was just happy to promote the spoken word artform.
He told host Terry Crews, “Man, this is bigger than just me, this is a huge win for the spoken word community, for an art form that has not been on the mainstream ever to have a chance to win ‘America's Got Talent’ is bigger than anything.