A few weeks ago, Fox announced the final wave of nominees for its annual Teen Choice Awards, including the category for Choice Music Web Star. Among the six nominees was Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old pop star who was shot and killed in June while signing autographs after a concert in Orlando.
Her death made international headlines, especially because “The Voice” finalist Grimmie has a passionate fan base from her years as a YouTube star. On Sunday night’s TCAs broadcast, Grimmie won the prize for Choice Music Web Star; but it was not one of the trophies distributed on air.
Angry Fans Respond to Christina Grimmie’s Teen Choice Award Diss
While some felt the win was a nice gesture, many Grimmie fans were upset about the way it was handled. On social media, viewers chastised the TCAs for using Grimmie’s name to promote the show, yet not mentioning or paying tribute to the singer during the ceremony.(In the weeks leading up to the broadcast, the TCA Twitter account urged its nearly 640,000 followers to vote for Grimmie by tweeting her Twitter handle and the hashtag #ChoiceMusicWebStar.) Though the TCAs have so many categories that producers can’t award all the winners on TV, both Choice Female Web Star and Choice Male Web Star were announced.
The most high-profile complaint came from YouTube star Shane Dawson, who last month criticized the TCA account for a tweet that read “Retweet to vote in memory of @TheRealGrimmie for #ChoiceMusicWebStar.” Dawson, who also bashed the show as “rigged” to his 3 million followers, called the tweet “disgusting”: “Please don’t use Christina to promote your fake a– award show,” he wrote. Adding, “I’m glad the tcas didn’t do a memorial for Christina. I don’t want her beautiful face anywhere near that trash show.”