Fans were noticeably upset over the fact that The Voice star Christina Grimmie was omitted from the Emmys’ In Memoriam segment on Sunday.
In June, the 22-year-old singer was shot and killed after performing at an Orlando, Florida, concert. Grimmie competed on season six of NBC’s singing competition series, which coincidentally won an Emmy that night for Best Reality Competition Show, and was a member of Adam Levine’s team, finishing third.
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
Considering the number of other singers in the #Emmys in memoriam.. where was Christina Grimmie?— Charlotte (@CharlotteCant) 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
The In Memorian segment was accompanied by a Tori Kelly cover of Leonard Cohenis "Hallelujah" and featured several late singers, including Merle Haggard, Natalie Cole, Prince, David Bowie and The Eagles' Glenn Frey.
On Monday, a spokesperson for the Emmys explained why Grimmie was not included in the aired segment.
"As is the case each year with the Emmys, the In-Memoriam segment is constrained by time and space," the spokesperson said in a statement to ET. "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."
Grimmie's rep declined to comment.