Christina Grimmie was honored by Adam Levine and his The Voice contestants last night, who performed a moving tribute of The Beatles' "Hey Jude." It was a heartfelt moment as the late singer was a third place finalist in Season 6 of the show and was coached by Levine himself.
“God, I loved her so much. I am talking to you guys specifically, I’m talking to everybody. I miss her,” he expressed to Grimmie's parents Albert and Tina and brother Mark in the audience. “It is unfair she is not here. We are going to sing a little song. I am going to be singing every word to her in her honor. Thank you guys for being here. Christina, we love you." Levine was then joined by contestants Jesse, Lily and Mark on stage.
Grimmie was tragically shot and killed at age 22 last June, when an outsider infiltrated her meet-and-greet in Orlando, Fla. Her voice and talent continues to live on thanks to her posthumous movie debut in last October's The Matchbreaker and the upcoming release of a full-length album called All Is Vanity (out June 20).
Along with The Voice tribute, Levine and host Carson Daly announced the Christina Grimmie Foundation. “As you know, family is very, very important to us here at The Voice and last year we tragically lost one of our own, the incredibly talented and beautiful Christina Grimmie,” Daly said. He continued,
“Tonight, in memory of our good friend and along with Christina’s family, we’re honored to help announce the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, benefiting those impacted by gun violence and families, just like her own, affected by breast cancer. Thank you for letting us be a part of this very important moment. And Christina, we feel your spirit here at The Voice every single day and we love and miss you dearly.”
Click here for more information about the foundation.
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