Adam Levine gave a heartwarming tribute to late Christina Grimmie on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice.
Host Carson Daly made a special announcement about the adored contestant.
“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,” he shared. “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.”
“Thank you for letting us be a part of this very important moment,” Carson added. “And Christina, we feel your spirit here at The Voice every single day and we love and miss you dearly.”
Adam, who coached Christina during season six, then appeared on stage and got emotional as he remembered the Voice alum who was fatally shot last June after a concert in Orlando, Florida.
“God, I loved her so much. I am talking to you guys specifically, I’m talking to everybody. I miss her,” he told Christina’s family who were at the front audience. “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.”
As a tribute to her memory, the final members of Team Adam – Jesse Larson, Lilli Passero, and Mark Isaiah — took the stage with their coach for a soulful and emotional rendition of The Beatle’s 1968 ballad “Hey Jude.”
Grimmie was killed on June 10, 2016 at the Plaza Live Theater in Orlando during a meet-and-greet with fans. She was shot twice by an obsessed fan Kevin Loibl before ending his own life, ET reports.
According to E! News, Adam would offer to pay for the late singer’s funeral including her mother’s travel expenses.
Grimmie’s family celebrated her supposed to be 23rd birthday by sharing a video with her fans that described Christina as a superhero and featured her single “Invisible” which was released after her death.
“As many of you know, Christina LOVED video games and had a special fondness for anime,” Grimmie’s family revealed. “We created this video as a special tribute to honor that love and her desire to always bring light and love into the heart of others.”
Christina’s new EP titled Side B is available on iTunes now while her full album will be released on June 2, E! News reports.