Selena Gomez performed ‘Transfiguration’ live in her concert in Miami in an emotional and tearful tribute to Christina Grimmie, a day after the singer and finalist on ‘The Voice,’ was shot dead in Orlando, Florida.
Selena Gomez was on stage in Miami, Florida, the latest stop on her ‘Revival’ Tour, was less than twenty-four hours after Christina Grimmie died from her injuries, after she was shot in the head, point blank by a gunman — later identified by police as Kevin James Loibl — when them shot himself to death after after Grimmie’s brother Mark tackled to the ground, managed to shoot himself. The motive of the shooter, who did not know Grimmie, is still unknown.
Seated at the piano, Selena Gomez, her voice filled with emotion, spoke of her friend, saying, “When she was 14, we met her and my parents and I signed her. One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her.”
She went on to say, “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.”
She then performed a cover of Hillsong Worship’s ‘Transfiguration.’ Later, as she performed ‘Nobody,’ she became overcome with emotion, and, momentarily unable to continue, mouthed the words, “I’m sorry.”
As the world at large and Grimmie’s fans and fellow music artists were paying tribute on social media, Selena Gomez for her part, Tweeted “My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina.’
Gomez’s stepfather, Brian Teefey was Grimmie’s manager, and via a written statement, said “Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling. I learned this business through the eyes of a father and Christina was like a second daughter to me.” He started a GoFundMe campaign for the late singer’s family which quickly exceeded its funding goal.
You can see video highlights below of Selena Gomez’s emotional tribute to her friend, the late Christina Grimmie.
Selena Gomez got overwhelmed and emotional after she talked about Christina Grimmie at her show last night. pic.twitter.com/jyxM5V94AV
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