Michael Slezak
May 26, 2010 AT 12:00 PM EDT

American Idol‘s ninth season came to its star-studded conclusion tonight [read our recap, with reviews of every performance, here!] with a live telecast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles that featured guest performances by Joe Cocker, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morissette, Chicago, Carrie Underwood, and Bret Michaels, plus several dozen Idol alumni (including seven out of eight former winners) paying tribute to Simon Cowell. [Read EW’s live-blog of the finale here.]

In the end, Chicago paint-store sales clerk Lee DeWyze was named the winner over Ohio musician Crystal Bowersox. The former’s debut single will be a cover of U2’s “Beautiful Day,” while the latter will release a rendition of Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song).” [Related: ‘American Idol’ performance-night recap: Crystal, Clearly; Simon’s 15 Meanest Critiques]

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