It’s been nearly a year since Christina Grimmie was shot and killed by a deranged fan following a concert in Orlando. The talented 22-year old appeared on ‘The Voice’ during its 6th season where she ultimately finished in third place.
Tuesday night (4/26) Adam Levine, her former ‘Voice’ coach, delivered a moving tribute to the late star. Prior to taking the stage with his team, Levine addressed Grimmie’s family who was in the audience.
“God, I loved her so much. I am talking to you guys specifically, I’m talking to everybody. I miss her,” Levine said.
“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 for being here. Christina, we love you,” he said before joining his team for a performance of The Beatles’ 1968 hit “Hey Jude.”
Levine and ‘Voice’ host Carson Daly also announced the Christina Grimmie Foundation, a fund set up to honor Grimmie’s memory and benefit those impacted by gun violence and breast cancer.
“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 explained.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
If you would like to contribute to the Christina Grimmie Foundation, click here.
Listen to Adam Levine and his ‘Voice’ team pay tribute to the late star in the moving video below.