Christina Grimmie missing from Emmys’ In Memoriam segment
Christina Grimmie was noticeably absent from the Emmy Awards’ In Memoriam segment on Sunday night (18Sep16).
The former The Voice finalist was shot and killed by 27-year-old Kevin Loibl at a post-concert meet and greet in Orlando, Florida on 10 June (16), with the deranged fan then taking his own life.
Despite U.S. talent show The Voice taking home an Emmy Award for Best Reality Competition Program, Christina was left out of the annual segment honouring the famous faces that have lost their lives over the past 12 months.
Fans were quick to take to Twitter to voice their disapproval that Christina was missing from the special, which paid tribute to stars including Prince, David Bowie and Anton Yelchin.
“Sad and disappointed to see that the #Emmys left Christina Grimmie off of their memoriam special,” one person tweeted, while another wrote, “@TheEmmys The Voice won an Emmy this evening and you didn’t include @TheRealGrimmie in your In Memoriam segment. #RIPChristina #Emmys.”
Her absence from the segment comes after it was reported in August (16) that her family were disappointed she wasn’t included in a similar tribute special at the Teen Choice Awards.
Christina was posthumously feted with the Choice Web Star: Music accolade at the Teen Choice Awards, but the category was not televised and she was not mentioned during the broadcast, which reportedly upset her relatives, a source told Entertainment Tonight.
The Emmy Awards’ special saw singer Tori Kelly perform an acoustic version of Leonard Cohen’s track Hallelujah as images of those lost flashed on a giant screen behind her.
Prior to the ceremony, Tori admitted she was feeling nervous about the prospect of honouring such legendary stars such as Purple Rain singer Prince.
“It was just very moving for me,” Tori told Entertainment Tonight after a rehearsal for the show. “I tried not to look at the screen because that’s where they are showing everybody, (but) I did catch Prince at the end … I was like, ‘Aw, dang it!’ I’m going to try and keep my composure and pay my respect.”
Among the others recognised during the segment were Natalie Cole, Merle Haggard, the Eagles star Glenn Frey, Gene Wilder and Garry Shandling.