On Sunday night, the 2016 Emmys awarded the brightest TV stars in Hollywood some of the most prestigious accolades in the industry for their tremendous contributions. Most notably, Game of Thrones bagged what seems like its hundredth Emmy, Tatiana Maslany was finally recognized for her stellar work on Orphan Black, Rami Malek won Best Actor for Mr. Robot and Jeffrey Tambor made a heart-felt plea to casting directors to give deserving transgender actors and actresses more roles.
Yet, it was when the award show paid homage to the stars that sadly passed away over the past year that viewers really perked up.
During its "In Memoriam" tribute, the Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences failed to include a number of notable names, causing quite a stir on social media. While Tori Kelly performed a heart-breaking rendition of "Hallelujah," we saw the familiar faces of Alan Rickman, Garry Marshall, Gene Wilder, Anton Yelchin, Prince and David Bowie pop up. Yet what rapidly became very clear is that one name was missing — Christina Grimmie.
If you need reminding, the young lady was the incredibly talented contestant on The Voice during Season 6. Sadly though, her rising success was cut short back in June 2016 when she left a concert in Orlando, Florida. Apprehended by a crazed fan, she was shot in the chest, tragically dying at the scene.
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For many, the fact that Grimmie wasn't mentioned in the Emmy tribute was a hefty punch in the face. It was even more of a blow for fans considering the show that brought her widespread fame won the prize for Best Reality Competition Programme. Re-watch her heart-stopping blind audition:
As soon as the "In Memoriam" segment aired, fans rightfully took their anger out on social media, slamming down on the Emmys for not including Christina. Here's what some had to say:
Whether Grimmie's inclusion was merely overlooked or her absence was intentional, it's totally right that people are pissed. When Christina passed away, a wonderful talent was taken away from us far too soon and to this day, although she may be gone, she will never be forgotten. Shame on you Emmys!
Do you agree that Christina Grimmie should have been included in the Emmys tribute?