Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, crowned Miss America 2016

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Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, Wins 2016 Miss America Crown

Betty Cantrell, Miss Georgia, was crowned Miss America 2016 on Sunday.

She was crowned by last year's winner Kira Kazantsev during ABC's live broadcast of the 2016 competition from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.

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First, second, third and fourth runners-up were Miss Mississippi, Miss Colorado, Miss Louisiana and Miss Alabama, respectively.

The winner was chosen by a panel of judges led by former Miss America Vanessa Williams. The judging panel also included country musician Brett Eldredge; wife of the U.S. Navy Seal portrayed in "American Sniper," Taya Kyle; actress Danica McKellar; "Shark Tank" investor Kevin O'Leary; Paralympian Amy Purdy; and Disney Channel star Zendaya.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell , Miss South Carolina, Daja Dial, and Miss Tennessee, Hannah Robison attend the 2016 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell wins the 2016 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell, left, reacts with Miss South Carolina Daja Dial, second from left, and Miss Oklahoma Georgia Frazier, second from right, after being named Miss America 2016, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Sam Haskell III, Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, attend the 2016 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell wins the 2016 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell attends the 2016 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell attends the 2016 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell attends the 2016 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell attends the 2016 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
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The broadcast, hosted by "The Bachelor's" Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke-Charvet, also saw the Miss America Organization offering a formal apology to Williams 32 years after she was forced to resign when nude photos from her past were published in Penthouse magazine.

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