Miss America 2016 — Pics By: Torischneehl July 7, 2020 11:59AM EDT 1 of 5 Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell — See Pics Of Beauty Queen Richard Vogel/AP/Shutterstock She’s beauty and she’s grace — She’s Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell! A bonafide Georgie Peach, Betty Cantrell brought pride and big, glitzy crown back to her home state after she walked away with the honor of being named Miss America in 2016. Wowing the crowd at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on September 14th 2015, Betty gave a powerhouse opera performance of “Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio” from “Madame Butterfly” that carried her to the title, beating out 51 other beautiful, talented ladies in the process. Along with winning the $50,000 scholarship that came with her title, Betty was there for history as the first African American woman to wear the crown, Vanessa Williams, returned to the stage after resigning the crown following a nude photo scandal to receive an official apology from the organization. Check out more photos of Betty from the pagent and beyond. May 4, 2020, 2:05PM 2 of 5 Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016 Richard Vogel/AP/Shutterstock Betty Cantrell strikes an impressive pose and glowing smile for a portrait taken moments after being newly-crowned Miss America 2016. May 4, 2020, 2:05PM 3 of 5 Miss America 2016 Singing Opera Mel Evans/AP/Shutterstock Betty Cantrell’s opera performance of “Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio” from “Madame Butterfly” brought the audience at the Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall to their feet the night she won Miss America. She has also won a preliminary competition earlier in the week with an opera performance. May 4, 2020, 2:05PM 4 of 5 Meet Miss America 2016 Noah K Murray/AP/Shutterstock The moment Miss Georgia became Miss America. Betty Cantrell can harldy contain her joy after being named Miss America 2016, at the ceremony in Atlantic City, N.J. May 4, 2020, 2:05PM 5 of 5 Miss America 2016 — Swimsuit Competition Noah K Murray/AP/Shutterstock Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell gives a wave to the audience as she moves ahead to the next round of competition during the swimsuit competition at the 2016 Miss America pageant, in Atlantic City, N.J. May 4, 2020, 2:05PM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.