Adam Levine delivered a powerful and emotional tribute to late singer Christina Grimmie on Tuesday’s live episode of The Voice.
During the episode, host Carson Daly made an announcement about the beloved singer, who competed on the show in season 6.
“As you know, family is very, very important to us here at The Voiceand last year we tragically lost one of our own, the incredibly talented and beautiful Christina Grimmie,” he said. “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 continued. “And Christina, we feel your spirit here at The Voice every single day and we love and miss you dearly.”
Adam Levine, who mentored Christina, later took the stage to give a special message to Christina’s family, who were in the audience. “God, I loved her so much. I am talking to you guys specifically, I’m talking to everybody,” Levine told Christina’s parents, Albert and Tina, and her brother, Mark, who all wiped away tears.
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“I miss her. It’s unfair she is not here,” he said. “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 guys for being here. Christina, we love you.”
Adam Levine was then joined on stage by his current team on The Voice, Jesse Larson, Lilli Passero and Mark Isaiah to perform “Hey Jude” by The Beatles.
Christina Grimmie tragically passed away last year on June 10 after being shot during a meet-and-greet, as she signed autographs and took photos with her fans.
Her talent and spirit will continue to live on through her music. Her EP titled Side B is available on iTunes and a full album of Christina’s music will be released on June 2.