Adam Levine Performs 'Hey Jude' in Honor of Christina Grimmie on 'The Voice'
With Grimmie's parents present, 'The Voice' crew also announced the Christina Grimmie Foundation, which will help to stop both gun violence and breast cancer.
On Tuesday, the star dedicated a soul-crushing performance of The Beatles' "Hey Jude" to his former team member. "God, I loved her so much," he said, Grimmie's parents Tina and Albert as well as her brother Mark watching in the audience. "I am talking to you guys specifically, I'm talking to everybody. I miss her. It's unfair that she's not here. We're going to sing a little song tonight, and I'm going to be singing every word to her, in her honor. Thank you for being here. Christina, we love you."
Levine became close to Grimmie while coaching her in Season 6 of the singing competition.
The Voice host Carson Daly also announced the Christina Grimmie Foundation, which will work to stamp out both gun violence and breast cancer in Grimmie's name.
The Grimmie family will release a full album of Grimmie's work on iTunes on June 2, all the sales going directly to the foundation.
Christina Grimmie was fatally shot by a deranged fan June 10, 2016 after a performance at Orlando's Plaza Live theater in Orlando, Florida. The 22-year-old was signing autographs outside the venue when Florida native Kevin James Loibl shot Grimmie before turning the gun on himself.
According to reports, the murder was premeditated, Loibl having been found with two handguns, two loaded magazines, and a large hunting knife.
Directly after the shooting, Grimmie's brother tackled Loibl to the ground, at which point he abruptly shot himself.
Grimmie was transferred to a nearby hospital, but died shortly thereafter.
RIP Christina Grimmie.