Adam Levine's Musical Tribute to Christina Grimmie Brings the Room to Tears
With the one-year anniversary of Christina Grimmie's tragic death coming up in June, Adam Levine took a moment to remember the late star and Voice alum. He paid tribute to her in a moving rendition of a Beatles classic during Tuesday night's episode of the NBC show.
"God, I loved her so much," the emotional Maroon 5 frontman said of the YouTube star, who competed in Season 6 of The Voice on Team Adam. After building a career for herself, the 22-year-old was fatally shot by a gunman during a fan meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, last year.
Addressing Grimmie's family, who were in the crowd during the special segment, the "Cold" hitmaker continued: "I miss her. 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."
Team Adam, including contestants Lilli Passero, Jesse Larson, and Mark Isaiah, then joined the dad of one in an emotional performance of the Beatles hit "Hey Jude" which brought the audience to tears.
Levine's heartfelt speech and concert wasn't the only big moment of the night: Carson Daley also took to the stage to announce the news that a foundation is being established in the singer's memory.
"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 said.
The host concluded, "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."
Watch Team Adam's performance in the video at top.