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The entire music community was stunned by the loss of a young talent on June 11, 2016.
Following a performance at The Plaza Live late on June 10, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, 22-year-old Christina Grimmie was shot while signing autographs for fans. The singer-songwriter and YouTube personality rose to fame as the third place finalist during season six of The Voice, and was one of the industry’s most promising talents.
In the hours following the news of Grimmie’s death, musical artists of all genres took to social media to react and share their condolences for her family. One artist who did just that was Miranda Lambert, who shared kind words about the young singer.
That same night, Lambert chose to honor Grimmie with a tribute during her concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. Addressing the crowd, Lambert said she wanted to sing her 2010 single, “The House That Built Me,” in Grimmie’s honor.
“I want us to sing this up to her, because she went home tonight,” Lambert said.
While “The House That Built Me” is already an emotional song, Lambert’s tribute to Grimmie made it even more so. Lambert could be seen with tears in her eyes as she sang, and we bet there wasn’t a dry eye in the entire room.
By the end of the song, everyone in the crowd was singing along with Lambert. After she sang the last word, Lambert raised her hand and looked up, no doubt as a means of recognizing Grimmie.
You can watch Lambert’s emotional performance in the video below.