iHeartRadio Music Festival’s Tribute to Christina Grimmie Brings Tears to Our Eyes
The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival paid a touching tribute to the late Christina Grimmie, honoring the anniversary of her first iHeartRadio Music Festival performance.
The video, which iHeartRadio posted on Twitter, shows shots of her live performances and viral YouTube videos, as Grimmie herself narrates, sending a message to her fans.
“My fans are literally the biggest part of why I’m this far, why I’m doing what I’m doing is because you guys support me and have such a love for me,” she says in the video, later adding, “You are an extremely unique, individual person. Don’t let those invalid opinions of others just bring you to the pits, okay?” Watch the video below.
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) September 24, 2016
In 2015, the former Voice contestant won the fan-voted Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star contest after performing her set of original music at the Las Vegas-based music fest.
In June, Grimmie was fatally shot in Orlando by a gunman while signing autographs after a concert.
Many fans were outraged when the 2016 Emmys neglected to include Grimmie in their “In Memoriam” segment during the telecast, but the TV Academy explained she was included on their website.
Grimmie will make her film debut posthumously in the upcoming indie flick The Matchbreaker, set to hit theaters Oct. 7.