Season 11 of America's Got Talent premiered on May 31, 2016. The entire judging panel and host from Season 10 returned except for Howard Stern, who decided to leave the judging panel. He was replaced by Simon Cowell.
Dunkin' Donuts continued to be the official beverage sponsor of this season, having its products shown throughout the show and their cups on the judges' desks.
|Howie Mandel||Mel B||Heidi Klum||Simon Cowell|
Main article: Season 11 Episodes
Main article: Season 11 Acts
Main article: Season 11 Auditions
Each act that performed in front of the judges was given 90 seconds to demonstrate their talents for the four judges. If an act received at least three "Yes" votes from the judges, they were accepted to the next round. Otherwise, they were eliminated from the competition. Should one of the judges hit the Golden Buzzer for one of the acts, that act will be sent straight to the Quarterfinals.
Main article: Season 11 Judge Cuts
80 acts were pulled from the 100+ acts that were accepted by the judges in the Auditions. The Judge Cuts took place over four days; every day, 20 acts performed with only 7 moving on to the Quarterfinals.
Joining the main judging panel were four guest judges While each regular judge was given a normal buzzer, each guest had only a Golden Buzzer he or she could press to send an act to the live shows without further deliberation as one of the 7 acts.
Main article: Season 11 Quarterfinals
From the 36 Quarterfinalists, 12 acts performed each week over three weeks. Each week, 7 acts moved onto the Semifinals. 1 Wild Card act would later join them.
The contestants that came in sixth, seventh, and eighth place in America's Vote fought for votes online in the Dunkin' Save. The act who received the most votes earned a spot in the Semifinals. The judges voted between the two remaining acts the last spot of the week in the Semifinals.
|1||Deadly Games||Jayna Brown||Jon Dorenbos||Laura Bretan||Daniel Joyner||Dorothy Williams||Hara||July 26, 2016||1111|
|Lori Mae Hernandez||Musicality||Tape Face||Outlawz||Sila Sveta||July 27, 2016||1112|
|2||Calysta Bevier||Kadie Lynn||Sal Valentinetti||Sofie Dossi||Flip||Moya Angela||Ryan Stock and AmberLynn||August 2, 2016||1113|
|Steven Brundage||The Clairvoyants||Viktor Kee||Sos and Victoria||ThroWings||August 3, 2016||1114|
|3||Blake Vogt||Brian Justin Crum||Edgar||Grace VanderWaal||Alla and Daniel||Julia Scotti||Ronee||August 23, 2016||1115|
|Kadan Bart Rockett||Linkin' Bridge||Malevo||The Passing Zone||Vello Vaher||August 24, 2016||1116|
Main article: Season 11 Semifinals
From the 22 Semifinalists, 11 acts performed each week over two weeks. Each week, 5 acts moved onto the Finals.
The contestants that came in fourth, fifth, and sixth place in America's Vote fought for votes online in the Dunkin' Save. The act who received the most votes earned a spot in the Finals. The judges voted between the two remaining acts the last spot of the week in the Finals.
|1||Grace VanderWaal||Jon Dorenbos||Laura Bretan||Blake Vogt||Deadly Games||Edgar||August 30, 2016||1117|
|Sal Valentinetti||Tape Face||Lori Mae Hernandez||Malevo||Musicality||August 31, 2016||1118|
|2||Brian Justin Crum||Linkin' Bridge||Sofie Dossi||Calysta Bevier||Jayna Brown||Kadan Bart Rockett||September 6, 2016||1119|
|The Clairvoyants||Viktor Kee||Kadie Lynn||Steven Brundage||The Passing Zone||September 7, 2016||1120|
Main article: Season 11 Finals
All 10 remaining acts performed to win one million dollars and the headlining of a show on the Las Vegas strip.
|1. Sal Valentinetti||Jazz Singer||5th Place|
|2. Sofie Dossi||Contortionist/Aerialist||Top 10|
|3. Linkin' Bridge||Vocal Group||Top 10|
|4. Laura Bretan||Opera Singer||Top 10|
|5. The Clairvoyants||Mentalist Duo||2nd Place|
|6. Brian Justin Crum||Pop Singer||4th Place|
|7. Tape Face||Mime||Top 10|
|8. Viktor Kee||Juggler||Top 10|
|9. Jon Dorenbos||Magician||3rd Place|
|10. Grace VanderWaal||Singer/Ukulelist||Winner|
Contestants Who Appeared on Other Competitions
- Brennley Brown, who made it to the Judges Cuts round, later competed on Season 12 of The Voice. She started out as a part of Blake Shelton's team, but was stolen onto Gwen Stefani's team in the Battle Rounds. She finished in the Top 6.
- Flip, who made it to the Quarterfinals round, later competed on World of Dance.