PHOTO GALLERY: Miss America pageant

Posted at 12:28 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 12:28:41-04

Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell was crowned the new Miss America Sunday evening.

Cantrell blew the judges away with an opera performance to beat 51 other competitors.

In the player above, you'll find pictures from the event.

Along with being crowned Miss America, Cantrell won a $50,000 scholarship.

Coming in second place was Miss Colorado Kelly Johnson. Johnson surprised the crowd by performing an original monologue in nursing scrubs as opposed to a pageant dress.

Johnson won a $20,000 scholarship.

Miss America 1984 Vanessa Williams made an appearance in the pageant for the first time since resigning the crown following a nude photo scandal.

Pageant executives issued an apology to Williams, who served as the head judge for the event.

For a full breakdown of the Miss America pageant, click here.


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