They came in second, but they won't walk away without a cash prize.

It was a heartbreaking loss for the Detroit Youth Choir who posted a second-place win on America's Got Talent Wednesday. (9/18) But businesses and foundations have decided to award the talent pool of young people with a $1 million cash prize.

The prize matches the one that was awarded to Kodi Lee on the NBC talent show.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who was instrumental in securing the endowment, praised the choir on their performance.

“I was watching you guys and you and Kodi Lee are on that stage, and my heart’s in my throat,” Duggan said. “When they announced it was Kodi Lee, I was a little disappointed for a second.

He tells Deadline that he wished there could have been two $1 million prizes.

Duggan worked with the Kresge Foundation and the Skillman Foundation in order to create the endowment. The following contributors made the award for the choir possible:

  • Skillman Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Ballmer Group
  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • DTE Energy Foundation
  • Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • Huntington Bank
  • Dakkota Integrated Systems

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