America’s Got Talent‘s sixteenth season acquired began with bang.

Decide Howie Mandel used the 12 months’s first Golden Buzzer in the course of the season premiere on Tuesday, June 1, awarding the distinction to New York’s Northwell Well being Nurse Choir. The gathering of frontline employees carried out an emotional mash-up of Invoice Withers‘ “Lean on Me” and Ben E. King‘s “Stand by Me.”

Winnie Mele, a 64-year-old well being skilled, instructed viewers in a pre-recorded section, “What makes this choir so particular is, we’re all frontline nurses. You recognize, we’re not skilled singers. We handle sufferers.”

The 18-nurse ensemble then took the stage, and earlier than they began singing, Winnie went on to inform the judges what they hope to perform throughout their time collectively. 

“We all know that there is quite a lot of us on the market that’s nonetheless hurting,” she shared. “And we’re hoping to simply shoot out some pleasure and a few love, and to allow them to know that we discovered our resilience, and we’re hoping that they do as nicely.”