Teen Choice Awards Criticized After Christina Grimmie Omitted from Gun Violence Segment

Randy Ohman

Grimmie onstage at The Plaza Live on June 10, shortly before she was killed. 

Fans of Christina Grimmie are in an uproar over the omission of the slain singer's name during the Sunday night (July 31) broadcast of the Teen Choice Awards, which was dedicated to ending gun violence.

The late YouTube star and Voice alum won a posthumous award for Choice Web Star: Music, but was not referenced in a special segment where host Jessica Alba called victims of gun violence from San Bernardino, Newtown, and Orlando to the stage. The group asked viewers to take to social media with the hashtag #StoptheViolence.

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"Tonight, we stand together with these teens united in a call for peace in an end to this violence," Alba said before introducing Ne-Yo, who performed Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On."

Fans immediately took to Twitter, but not in the way the FOX show intended. Many voiced their outrage that Grimmie -- a victim of gun violence when she was murdered by a crazed fan at a meet and greet after a show in Orlando -- didn't rate a tribute or acknowledgment of her win.

A source close to Christina expressed disappointment that the show "chose not to mention Christina's name during the two-hour broadcast." The source tells Billboard: "The fans have a right to be upset."

Meanwhile, Grimmie's team expressed their own thoughts on Twitter through re-tweets and a touching note celebrating her win.

Billboard has reached out to FOX and the Teen Choice Awards for comment.