Christina Grimmie -- who died on Friday
at the age of 22 after being shot following her concert in Orlando, Florida -- won the hearts of millions back in 2014, when she was a contestant on NBC's The Voice
The New Jersey native, who started out as a YouTube singer in 2009, wowed fans when she performed an electrifying rendition of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" at the blind auditions.
Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Usher all turned their chairs around for Grimmie, who was determined to secure a place on their teams.
"People come out here and sing, and you never know what to expect, and then you turn around and you start to see how engaging and passionate [they are]. You are more comfortable up there then I am," Levine said of Grimmie's "Wrecking Ball" performance. "And that is the moment when you realize that this person can be a huge star. I really believe that."
Grimmie went on to become a member of Adam’s team, producing a string of jaw-dropping performances. Her rendition of Drake's hit single, "Hold On, We're Going Home," landed her a spot on the Top 5 iTunes Chart during week two of the show.
Known for her high range, Grimmie stole the show with her piano cover of Katy Perry's chart-topping track, "Dark Horse," cementing her name on the Top 12.
She continued to make her way through the live rounds and eventually secured a spot on the top three. During the finals, Christina and her Voice coach shared the stage for a stunning performance of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know."
Grimmie finished in third place, behind winner Josh Kaufman and runner-up Jake Worthington. Earlier this year, she released her second EP, Side A
, which ranked at No. 25 on Billboard
's Independent Albums.
In March, Grimmie told ET Canada
that despite her recent success, her main goal was to go on a world tour and win a Grammy. She also admitted that she had been a bit disappointed that Christina Aguilera, a frequent coach on the competition show, wasn’t one of the coaches her year.
"Aguilera, she’s my queen," Grimmie said. "I love her."
Grimmie did get to meet Aguilera, however, when she visited The Voice the season after her own. The "Tell My Mama" singer admitted that she was "trembling" during the encounter, a surprise meet-and-greet set up for Grimmie by The Voice.
"I talked to her and I was just like, 'Hey, I learned everything I know from you,'" she told ET Canada. "Honestly, it was kind of a blur. I don't even remember what I said, and she goes, 'Oh my gosh, you are so cute, let me get a picture with you!' And I was going, 'She just said she wanted a picture with me -- holy crap!'"
Aguilera took to Twitter following the news of Grimmie's death, saying, "So sad passing of @TheReal Grimmie. Beautiful member of #TheVoice family & true #Fighter. My heart goes ou tot her family, friends & fans."
Grimmie's coach, Levine, also released a statement on Saturday.
"Behati and I are absolutely devastated and heartbroken by Christina Grimmie's tragic death," he said in a statement obtained by ET. "Our hearts go out to her family. Christina was a natural, a gifted talent that comes along so rarely. She was taken from us too soon. This is yet another senseless act of extreme violence. I am left stunned and confused how these things can conceivably continue to happen in our world."
The Voice also shared a heartfelt message on Twitter, remembering Grimmie as "a beautiful soul with an amazing voice."
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