NBC’s The Voice and mentor Adam Levine on Tuesday paid tribute to slain singer Christina Grimmie, the Marlton, New Jersey native who made her mark as a contestant on the show in 2014.
On Tuesday's episode, host Carson Daly announced the establishment of the Christina Grimmie Foundation. Daly said organization would benefit individuals and families affected 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 said on the show. “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 affect by breast cancer.”
Levine, who mentored Grimmie during the show’s 2014 sixth season, then paid tribute to the singer, performing a rendition of the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” alongside his team, Jesse Larson, Lilli Passero, and Mark Isaiah.
“God, I loved her so much,” Levine said. “I am talking to you guys specifically. I’m talking to everybody. I miss her. It is unfair she is not here. We’re going to sing a little song.”
Grimmie was shot and killed in June 2016 during a meet-and-greet with fans following a performance at Orlando, Fla.’s Plaza Live theater. Her assailant, Kevin Loibl, 27, shot Grimmie twice before shooting and killing himself.