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The Detroit Youth Choir, which recently finished second on NBC's "America's Got Talent," was bestowed with Spirit of Detroit awards Tuesday by the Detroit City Council.

Detroit — The accolades keep coming for the Detroit Youth Choir.

On Tuesday, the choir and its director, Anthony White, earned a formal honor from Detroit's City Council after finishing second on Season 14 of NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Council President Brenda Jones gave the members Spirit of Detroit awards at the opening of its formal session and a testimonial resolution for White. A testimonial resolution from the council is the highest award that the body provides, Jones noted.

The choir, wearing its trademark uniforms, also sang a gospel song, "Let Praises Rise."

"Of course, everyone knows they make Detroit very proud," Jones told the choir. "They finished second place. I say they are first place. Thank you for representing The D."

The choir's latest honors come just weeks after the group's storied run on "America's Got Talent," where they competed against nine other acts in the show's finals. The group wowed the judges and audiences alike with powerful songs and dancing.

And even though the choir fell short to winner Kodi Lee, a singer who is blind and has autism, they'll still be performing in Las Vegas in November as part of the "America's Got Talent Live" shows. They also received a $1 million endowment gift by the Skillman and Kresge foundations and other Detroit philanthropies.

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