He succeeded in going out with a bang.
For departing mentor Usher was all smiles on Tuesday as his latest protege Josh Kaufman, won The Voice.
Josh, an affable 38-year-old father-of-three, was buried in ticker tape as he took the top spot – leaving Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie at the wayside.
Champion: Josh Kaufman was overjoyed after winning The Voice’s grand final on Tuesday
He who laughs last: Usher was leaving on a high note after his protege won the prestigious reality show
Jake an 18-year-old country music teddy bear was awarded second place with Christina a 20-year-old New Jersey resident in third.
‘I can’t even talk…I’m overwhelmed, surprised and happy…It’s been so much more than I ever imagined,’ said Josh, an Indianapolis family man, as his proud coach leapt to the stage to congratulate him.
Josh’s win was a blow to Adam Levine, who had promised Christina, his protégée, a record contract regardless of the night’s outcome.
‘I would like to sign her to my label,’ he said on the live show.
Blake Shelton was also mourning for his contestant Jake Worthington, a Texas-based sweetheart who had been dubbed as the ‘most likeable’ contestant by some pundits.
Final two: Country boy Jake Worthington and Josh were the two men left standing
Nail-biter: The man who groomed Justin Bieber was hoping to get one over on the show’s most successful mentor Blake Shelton
Yeah! The star no doubt felt like bursting into song when his man took the prestigious title
Before Josh was awarded the coveted title, and million dollar deal with Universal Music Group, the finale focused on live music from a litany of stars.
The first performance was from Colorado rock band One Republic with Love Runs Out.
Coaches Shakira and Usher will not be returning to the panel next season so Blake and Adam took the time to hug them goodbye.
‘Adam is always hugging Blake,’ observed Usher with a grin.
Jake Worthington chose to bring back eliminated contestants Kat, Kristen, Audra, Ryan and Morgan to sing Summertime by Kenny Chesney.
No hard feelings: Perhaps Blake was so magnanimous as he knew his rival would not be back next season
Spectacular: The high production values were obvious as confetti rained onto the stage amid pyrotechnics
Popular winner: The 38-year-old father-of-three was rushed by family members as he enjoyed his moment
Then English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran teamed up with Christina Grimmie for his gentle love song All the Stars.
Sheeran, 23, also performed a solo of his high-tempo jig Sing.
The ‘most soulful male vocalists’ of this season were dubbed as Delvin, Jake, Morgan, Patrick and Stevie Jo. They stood in a boyband style lineup to sing Hall & Oates mournful 1974 ballad She’s Gone.
Former Spice Girl Mel B stood in the audience to plug America’s Got Talent, which begins its latest season next week.
judge was given their own montage with ‘Usher Raymond VI’s’ centering on his sex appeal and love of ‘mantras’.
‘Evolve or evaporate,’ said the R&B kingpin, who also boasted about his love of candy and ability to make waffles.
Confetti collage: The viewers at home got a taste of the excitement thanks to the stateside cameras
Right behind him: No doubt Usher will be helping his new friend launch a long and successful career in pop
Country star Justin Moore wore a Texas-sized cowboy hat and buckle for his track Lettin’ the Night Roll.
Then Josh Kaufman brought back ‘soulful white man’ T.J, large-lunged Sisaundra, and Stevie Jo to sing Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz, the a Norwegian hip hop duo watching from the audience.
Shakira’s montage focused on her scorching ‘temper’ and the mutual appreciation society she had formed with Jake Worthington.
‘She’s very spicy…and feisty,’ said Adam as he demonstrated his technique for backing away when her ‘claws come out’.
Jake also joined country band Alabama for their track Mountain Music.
No prizes for coming second: But with his new-found fame Jake could launch a lucrative career as a Boy George impersonator on the nostalgia circuit
New country for young man: Or his mentor Blake could help him in his quest to become a pro country singer
The ejected Voice girls then appeared in monochrome to blast out Rihanna’s 2007 pop hit Umbrella.
Confessionals from the contestants was a fairly run-of the-mill blancmange of ‘amazing’ and ‘exciting’ ‘journeys’ as usual.
Always an easy target ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Adam Levine was ribbed for his overenthusiastic appraisals and repetitive use of the phrase ‘favourite song’.
‘How many favourite songs can one man have?’ mused Usher.
Jilted Robin Thicke made yet another attempt to win back his girlfriend Paula Patton while singing a duet with Team Usher’s soul man Josh Kaufman.
‘Alright Josh are you gonna help me get her back man?’ asked the Blurred Lines singer before they launched into his new track Get Her Back.
Smiling through the heartbreak: Hopefully loser Christina Grimmie was not taken in by mentor Adam Levine’s boast she was sure to win the title
She will be loved: Adam insisted she would not be Marooned as he would sign her to his own label
Would you B-lieve it: Scary Spice Mel was in the audience to take in the historic final episode of the season
The lyrics of the song included begging lines such as ‘I only want to make it right’ and ‘I got to cherish her for life’.
In a break out he crooned: ‘I miss you so much…I just want you to come home.’
In a return to the south Louisiana country king Tim McGraw wore leather trousers for his track City Lights from his new album.
Christina then marked her solidarity with her old chums Tess, Bria, and Jake Barker with Lorde’s anthem Team.
Blake Shelton and Jake have clearly formed quite a bond over the last few weeks.
Parachuting in: Viewers were treated to a guest performance by rock superstars Coldplay
Showing Gwyneth what she is missing: Frontman Chris Martin was in top form throughout
Jumping for joy: And he certainly seemed to like performing for such a large audience of record buyers
‘He’s like a little brother to me,’ said the country veteran, as a montage of their most loving moments was aired.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin served as an advisor earlier in the season. This time he hit the stage with ‘Sky Full of Stars’ from their new album Ghost Stories.
The British singer, who recently ‘consciously uncoupled’ with his wife Gwyneth Paltrow flailed around with gangling dance moves.
Jumped around the stage with the voracity of a teen star the 37-year-old launched himself off the platform and waved his arms manically.
Yeehaw McGraw: Country star Tim should the contestants how it should be done as he delivered a cracking performance
OneRepublican: Ryan Tedder tinkled the ivories during his band’s performance.