MANILA, Philippines – Following the death of her good friend and fellow singer Christina Grimmie, Selena Gomez took to her Miami concert stage to pay tribute to her. (READ: Christina Grimmie’s brother: ‘She was a partner in life’)
On June 11 at her Miami concert, a stop on her ongoing Revival Tour, Selena got emotional as she played a cover of Hillsong Worship’s “Transfiguration.”
Before she sat down at a piano to sing, Selena explained that the two met when Christina was 14 and then she and her parents signed her.
Christina sang backup vocals for Selena Gomez and The Scene’s tour in 2011 and opened their North American stops. (READ: Adam Levine offers to pay for Christina Grimmie’s funeral)
At the time of her death, Christina’s manager was Selena’s stepfather, Brian Teefey. Brian has since set up a GoFundMe crowdsourcing page to help support Christina’s family.
“One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her. And I think it’s not about a religion and it’s not about anything or good deeds, it’s just that she had faith.”
And I don’t really understand how this really happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her,” said Selena at her concert.
Fans also posted videos of Selena getting emotional as she struggled to get through her song, “Nobody.”
The official Revival Tour Instagram account posted photos of Selena singing her tribute to Christina that night, as well as the lights from the crowd during her performance.
Christina, a former The Voice contestant who first made a name for herself on YouTube, died on Friday, June 10, in Orlando. She was shot while at a meet-and-greet after her concert.
Her brother, Marcus Grimmie, tackled the gunman, who then shot himself.
Since her death, there has been an outpouring of tributes and messages to Christina from her friends, family, and figures in the music industry. In a Facebook post, Marcus said that Christina’s The Voice coach, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, offered to pay for her funeral expenses. – Rappler.com
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