Blind Singer with Autism Crowned 'America's Got Talent' Winner

Brenda Watkins
September 20, 2019

The grand finale of America's Got Talent on Wednesday was a monumental night for musician Kodi Lee.

"America's Got Talent" concluded its 14th season Wednesday night, naming Kodi Lee, a blind and autistic singer and pianist, the victor.

Twenty-two year-old singer and pianist Kodi Lee won a million dollars last night plus a show in Las Vegas.

Lee-who is blind and has autism, is considered a musical prodigy and savant-will be headlining the Unicorn Children's Foundation's 25th Anniversary Royal Ball at Eau Palm Beach. Billy Ray Cyrus teamed with Voices of Service to perform "Some Gave All", and Lee wrapped up the night by playing "You Are the Reason" for Leona Lewis. The news was surely disappointing, although Detroit Youth Choir certainly has a future in show business after coming in second place and beating out folks like the high flying dance group V. Unbeatable.

On Wednesday's episode, the star bested fellow finalists opera singer Emanne Beasha, violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, dance troupe Light Balance Kids, singer Benicio Bryant and Ndlovu Youth Choir.

America's Got Talent
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"This moment is so much bigger than AGT", judge Gabrielle Union said.

"I feel so fantastic, it's unbelievable!"

Kodi was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, a visual disorder, and had to undergo life-saving surgery aged just five. They've given Kodi more opportunities than just performing. His rendition of Leon Russell & Friends' A Song For You in the first round went viral, after he stunned judges Cowell, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Howie Mandel with his performance. I am SO proud of you my #goldenbuzzer.

"I feel so wonderful, unbelievable", Lee said after host Terry Crews asked him to describe how he was feeling.

In the quarterfinals, Lee won praise for his performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

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