GoFundMe page dedicated to the family of slain “The Voice” star Christina Grimmie had raised more than $160,000 by early Monday, just days after Grimmie was killed by a gunman following a concert in Orlando, Fla. Police said Marcus Grimmie tackled the gunman, identified as 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl, after Loibl shot Christina Grimmie late Friday as the singer met with fans following a show at the Plaza Live theater in Orlando. Loibl then fatally shot himself.
Christina Grimmie, who was 22, first gained notice with videos she posted on YouTube. Later she appeared as a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” where she finished the singing competition’s sixth season in third place.
Musicians including Charlie Puth and Rachel Platten paid tribute to the singer over the weekend, with Puth dedicating his song “See You Again” to Grimmie during a concert in New York, according to Billboard.
At the same show, Fifth Harmony held a moment of silence for Grimmie, said Entertainment Weekly. And Selena Gomez — whose stepfather, Brian Teefey, was Grimmie’s manager — spoke about the late singer during a show in Miami.
Here are six memorable moments of her time on “The Voice.”
1. Wrecking Ball – The Voice Audition
When she seriously came in like a “Wrecking Ball” and showed off her powerful vocals and potent performance style on the Miley Cyrus hit, earning not only a four-chair turn, but standing ovations from both Usher, who dubbed her “phenomenal,” and Levine, who called her “engaging and passionate” and even more comfortable onstage than he.
2. Dark Horse
Her intense Top 12-show take on Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” in which she brought new meaning to the lyrics “there’s no going back.” Usher called Grimmie a “baby Celine Dion.
3. Hold On We’re Going Home by Drake
Her Top 10 performance of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” on which she accompanied herself on the piano. Levine said he’d wanted her to do a song “that no one else would pick and do it in a way that no one else would do it,” adding that it was a “cool trailblazing thing to do on the show.”
4.Hide And Seek
At the time, the decision to sing Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” with the help of a voice processor called a vocoder during the semifinals maybe didn’t seem like such a great idea. It put Grimmie in danger of being sent home. (Thankfully, she was saved.) Today, though, it seems like evidence of Grimmie’s creativity, as did her version of fun.
The performance that prompted Levine to unapologetically promise viewers that Grimmie would win the show if they saved her, Timbaland’s “Apologize.”
6. Can’t Help Falling in Love
Grimmie’s performance of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” in the finals, which Levine said was fearless and Shakira called “flawless.” (Her finale duet with Adam Levine on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” was also fab.)
In fact, pretty much any time Grimmie got on the stage that season, she solidified the impression that she was destined to be a star.