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Winner of 'The Voice' is ...

For the first time in six seasons, the name of the winning "Voice" coach isn't Blake Shelton or Adam Levine. R&B star Usher coached Josh Kaufman to victory over Team Blake's Jake Worthington and Team Adam's Christina Grimmie on Tuesday.

"I can't even talk," the new winner told host Carson Daly as his family — including his three kids — joined him onstage.

"I'm overwhelmed, I'm surprised, I'm happy, I'm relieved," he added, as he was embraced by his beaming coach. "This has been so much more of an experience than I ever could've imagined — I'm just really grateful."

But Josh wasn't the only artist who received the show's grand prize, a recording contract.

Third-place finisher Christina landed her own record deal, courtesy of her coach, Adam Levine.

In the opening moments of the show, he addressed his artist, who was listening backstage, "Either way, whether you win 'The Voice' or not, you will have a record deal, because I would like to sign (you) to my label."



All three finalists were also awarded a brand-new Kia.

Country gentleman Jake said he would give his car to his grandmother. "Since she bought my first vehicle, this is my chance to give back to her," the season's runner-up told Daly. 



At the outset, Team Jake fans were biting their nails: Daly announced that an iTunes glitch made it difficult for fans to find Josh's fiery rendition of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain."

"To ensure fairness," Daly said soberly, "all iTunes downloads during the 14-hour window have been removed" — but the show's voting partner certified "that removing those votes did not affect the outcome."



Obviously, Josh prevailed — and legions of fans can look forward to even more music downloads to come. 





Josh Kaufman will be on TODAY Wednesday morning. Have a question for Josh? Tweet it with the hashtag #TheVoiceTODAY.