Craig Wayne Boyd was named season 7 winner of "The Voice" Tuesday night.
The victory marked the fourth "Voice" win for Team Blake over Team Adam.
Second place went to Matt McAndrew with third going to Chris Jamison. #VoiceWildcard recipient Damien Lewis came in fourth after the votes were tallied. All three runners-up hailed from Team Adam.
After struggling for more than 10 years to make it in the music industry in Nashville, winning "feels like validation that all the hard work that I put in up to this point has been worth it," Boyd told reporters during a post finale news conference. "I remember more than a year ago ... saying 'listen I may have to quit because it's not paying my bills. I'm losing my house, lost my pickup.' I didn't know what I was going to do."
Appearing on "Today" Wednesday morning a still jubilant Boyd told Matt Lauer winning "feels wonderful." Asked if his coach offered any post-win advice, Boyd revealed Shelton simply said, "Hold on tight. It's going to be a crazy ride."
[NATL] u0022The Voiceu0022 Season 7 Greatest Moments
Host Carson Daly kicked Tuesday's star-studded finale with some big news, the four finalists made history following Monday's showdown episode when each of their original songs made the top 10 on iTunes.
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To open the live proceedings, the four contenders took to the "Voice" arena stage and performed Bastille's hit "Pompeii" alongside the season 7 top 20 finalists.
Coach Adam said there were "no secrets" regarding how his team came to furnish three of the top four competitors vying for the Universal Music recording contract and $100,000 grand prize. Ultimately his team's strength in numbers was not enough to overcome country singer Boyd's all-or-nothing style.
In the first bring back song of the evening, Texan Boyd joined DaNica Shirey, Sugar Jones and fellow Team Blake alum Taylor Brashears to deliver a rocking performance of Georgia Satelites' "Keep Your Hands to Yourself."
For his bring back number Philadelphia son Jamison enlisted fellow competitors Ryan Sill, Luke Wade, Ricky Manning and Taylor Phelan to assist him in a fun rendition of Lloyd's "Dedication to My Ex."
New Jersey born music teacher Matt McAndrew formed his own supergroup with Taylor John Williams, Jones, Phelan and Mia Pfirrman to belt out the Fleetwood Mac classic "Go Your Own Way." For Marvin Gaye's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Damien brought back 18-year-old Elyjuh Rene, Shirey and Anita Antoinette.
Ahead of the twice stolen Boyd joining Rock ’n’ roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd for a driving interpretation of the group's classic hit "Sweet Home Alabama," season 7 mentor and Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump returned to the arena with his band to partner McAndrew on a version of their hit "Centuries."
Damien teamed with Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson for a scorching hot take of her single "It's Your World," before Jamison took the stage with Jessie J. to duet on her new release "Masterpiece."
To bring the curtain down on Tuesday's performances, coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Levine and Shelton took to the stage for a heartwarming and traditional rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," complete with twinkling lights and falling snow.
The star-studded finale also included performances by Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, Hozier, and a collaboration by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, the latter crooner sporting a full set of curlers in his hair.
Twitter was quick to comment on Mars' new 'do.
I've seen Bruno Mars with his hair in rollers; my life is complete now.— Rebecca Burt Rose (@AmericasBaby1) December 17, 2014
Only a man with as much swag as Bruno Mars can rock gold curlers like that! #thevoicefinale— Marisa Ruiz (@MarisaVictoria) December 17, 2014
Bruno Mars looks like a member of The Golden Girls....but no cares because he's smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy. #thevoicefinale— Jeff Barrett (@BarrettAll) December 17, 2014
"The Voice" returns to NBC in 2015 for season 8, featuring the return of original series coach Christina Aguilera, who will join Adam, Blake and Pharrell in the big red chairs.