What does 's stand for in "America's got talent"?

Does it stand for HAS? --> "America has got talent." Is this 's necessary? Is it incorrect to say "America got talent"? For example, ABC is a school name, and it wants to hold a talent show. "ABC got talent." Is it incorrect?

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Yes, the 's stands for "has" and it required for the sentence to be gramatically correct with the meaning you want.

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    No, it's not required. Although it doesn't mean the same thing, and it's not what would normally be written, America got talent is still grammatical. (It's the same thing as the difference between the dog got a ball as opposed to the dog has got a ball.) In this case, America got talent would mean that America went out and got talent—not that it currently possesses it. – Jason Bassford Jul 5 at 8:52
  • I believe the combination "have got" in place of "have" is largely an Americanism. – GEdgar Jul 5 at 10:46
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    @GEdgar: I believe you are wrong about that. See this British Council web page about have got. – Peter Shor Jul 5 at 12:14
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    As @JasonBassford notes, America Got Talent would be the simple past of what in the perfect would be America Has Gotten Talent. The differing uses of got, have, and gotten for possession and for acquisition are a key distinction between British and North American Englishes, and each sounds grating to the other. – choster Jul 6 at 13:22

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