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7 Golden Buzzer Performances That Brought the AGT Judges to Tears

Make sure you've got some tissues on deck. 

By Tayi Sanusi
The Winner Is... | NBC's AGT Finale 2022

It’s not every day that an America’s Got Talent Contestant is rewarded with the coveted Golden Buzzer. As of Season 11, each Judge (and the Host) can choose one Act that is so amazing, they deserve the glittery distinction, which also sends them straight through to the Live Shows. Of all the incredibly talented people who have graced the AGT stage, these Golden Buzzer Auditions, below, actually made the Judges cry.

Maddie Baez

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Maddie Baez shocked the judging panel with her phenomenal voice on AGT Season 17. At just 11 years old, Baez’s gift inspired Simon Cowell to use his Golden Buzzer.  

Avery Dixon

Host Terry Crews was overtaken with emotion after young saxophonist Avery Dixon shared his stunning skills and heartbreaking experience with bullying. 

Lily Meola

It’s not often that singers who’ve signed record deals come through the AGT doors. Lily Meola’s unique journey and jaw-dropping talent made her Golden Buzz an absolute no-brainer. 


Even the notoriously tough judge Simon Cowell was no match for the powerful story of perseverance and triumph that the late Nightbirde shared on AGT

Voices of Our City Choir

Anytime a community is united through a shared passion, it’s a win! Voices of Our City Choir showed just how much impact a group of people with a common goal can have. 

Tyler Butler-Figueroa

Tyler Butler-Figueroa was only 11 when he received his Golden Buzz on Season 14 for his one-of-a-kind violin performance. 

Detroit Youth Choir

The Detroit Youth Choir auditioned for AGT to share their talent with the world. Host Terry Crews was so touched he made sure they left with the recognition they deserved. 

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