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This 'America's Got Talent' Singer's Unique Pharrell Cover Came With An Emotional Message

"It does get better."

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Teen singer Amanda Mena delivered another great performance during Tuesday's latest semifinals round on America's Got Talent. The 15-year-old, who earned the Golden Buzzer from Mel B earlier in the season with a powerful Aretha Franklin cover, chose to put her own unique spin on Pharrell's "Happy."

Mena slowed down the upbeat track at the start, making for a dramatic rendition that was only enhanced by the vibrant lights, which changed color and pattern behind the young singer throughout the performance. It was the perfect opportunity to show off her strong voice.


In her audition, Mena revealed that she came to the United States from the Dominican Republic at just 4 years old and didn't know English. She said that music helped her through the bullying she experienced from her peers. According to USA Today, Mena sought to share an important message with other bullied kids through her latest performance.

"I just want to tell you guys that you are special. Don't listen to what anybody else says about you, you can do anything if you just believe in yourself and have your family behind you," she said, reminding those who have been bullied, "You guys will get through it, it does get better."

As judge Howie Mandel told her after the performance, "You had a tough start and it made you tougher, and I think that's what brought you to the level that you're able to perform to now."

Watch Mena's full performance of "Happy" in the video below:


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