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May 13, 2015 10:00 PM

Clark Beckham or Nick Fradiani?

That was the question on everyone’s mind at the star-studded finale of American Idol on Wednesday.

Beckham, 22, and Fradiani, 29, bested 10 other finalists and thousands of other hopefuls during season 14, but in the end only one of them could be named the penultimate American Idol.

After two hours of performances – including ones by Ricky Martin, New Kids on the Block, Chris Brown, Janelle Monae, and even judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. – host Ryan Seacrest put all questions to rest and declared Nick Fradiani the 14th winner of the Fox reality singing competition.

“It’s hard to put into words how I feel,” Fradiani told PEOPLE backstage moments after the show. “I feel like I’m in a cloud right now. It’s the best day of my life. I never once thought that this is going to happen. I was kind of just up there trying my best. It took me years. It’s really incredible.”

Not wasting any time, Fradiani has already released his coronation single “Beautiful Life” – and PEOPLE has the exclusive debut of the music video.

The tune will also serve as the official anthem for Fox Sports’ coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in June.

“To have the American Idol be such a big part of the Women’s World Cup is so big for us,” U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan tells PEOPLE.

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