Christina Grimmie Fans Upset She Was Left Out of Emmy Awards' 'In Memoriam' Segment
UPDATE: A rep for the Emmys responded to Billboard's request for comment. See the show's response at the end of this article.
On the same night that The Voice won for Best Reality-Competition Show, fans were upset that one of the series' biggest recent stars was left out of the Emmy Awards' "In Memoriam" segment. While Tori Kelly strummed a guitar and sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" as images of Merle Haggard, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, the Eagles' Glenn Frey and Prince flashed across the screen, alongside actors Gene Wilder, Garry Shandling, Anton Yelchin and more, noticeably absent was late Voice singer Christina Grimmie.
The 22-year-old singer, who was shot and killed by a crazed fan following a show in Orlando in June, was a contestant on season 6 of the show, where she was on Adam Levine's team and finished third in the competition. As often happens when recently departed stars are omitted from the segment on awards shows, Twitter lit up with questions about why Grimmie was not included.
I'm still shocked that they didn't mention Christina Grimmie in the "In Memoriam" segment at the #Emmys last night.— den -- (@jetblackmalec) September 19, 2016
So the #Emmys left Christina Grimmie out of the "In Memoriam" segment yet The Voice just won an Emmy tonight. Something ain't right here --— Gleekel (@GleekyZ) September 19, 2016
#Emmys you forgot the young and very talented Christina Grimmie on your "In memoriam" so sad— Katherine Sánchez M. (@KathySanchezM) September 19, 2016
Considering the number of other singers in the #Emmys in memoriam.. where was Christina Grimmie?— Charlotte (@CharlotteCant) September 19, 2016
A spokesperson for the Emmys sent this response to Billboard on Monday afternoon: "As is the case each year with the Emmys, the In-Memoriam segment is constrained by time and space. Every year, the telecast producer is unfortunately limited by the time available and cannot include every significant person who has passed in the telecast In Memoriam; therefore, we note everyone in the industry on our website In Memoriam and during a simultaneous In Memoriam crawl on our Backstage Live streaming program."