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27-Year-Old Spoken Word Artist Becomes First Poet To Win America’s Got Talent

27-Year-Old Spoken Word Artist Becomes First Poet To Win America’s Got Talent

Black art to the rescue!

A 27-year-old spoken word artist became the first poet to win “America’s Got Talent (AGT),” The Root reports.

Brandon Leake was crowned the season 15 winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The Stockton, California native is the first poet to ever appear on the hit show and now makes history as the first to ever win the competition. Leake captivated viewers with his poems about fatherhood and senseless killings of Black people at the hands of the police. 

“This is a huge win for the spoken-word community," Leake said. "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."

As the crowned victor, Leake will take home the $1 million cash prize along with an opportunity to headline a future “AGT” show in Las Vegas.

Check out Leake’s powerful performance below!

Congratulations Brandon!

Photo Courtesy of NBC Universal