Why 'The Voice' Star Christina Grimmie Was Missing From Emmys' 'In Memoriam' Segment
By Philiana Ng
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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.
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."