Fans of the late pop singer Christina Grimmie have taken to social media to express disappointment with the Teen Choice Awards, which included a segment dedicated to gun violence but failed to mention the 22-year-old's tragic death.
Grimmie was honored with a posthumous win in the Choice Web Star: Music category, but the YouTube star’s victory was not acknowledged on air. Then, when Jessica Alba saluted victims of gun violence by calling victims of San Bernardino, Newtown and Orlando to the stage, she introduced Ne-Yo performing Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” but did not mention Grimmie.
Irate fans took to Twitter to accuse the Teen Choice Awards of using Grimmie, who was shot and killed following a concert in June, as a hollow means of boosting ratings:
#TeenChoice used Christina Grimmie's death to get views for their award show yet they didnt mention her once. She deserves better than that.— Brown Saraah (@Brown_Saraah) August 1, 2016
and btw, I'm glad the tcas didn't do a memorial for Christina Grimmie. I don't want her beautiful face anywhere near that trash show.— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) August 1, 2016
I'm extremely disappointed by the fact that the TCA's didn't honor Christina Grimmie in any way. RIP Angel.— Meg DeAngelis (@MegsDeAngelis) August 1, 2016
So it was rigged, it took advantage of Christina Grimmie's death, it didn't show all the awards& some of the acceptance speeches #TeenChoice— لارا (@MalikftsAshton) August 1, 2016
A source close to Grimmie’s team told Billboard, "The fans have a right to be upset." The Teen Choice Awards and Fox have yet to comment on the situation.