In a moving tribute, Selena Gomez dedicated her song “Transfiguration” to her late friend Christina Grimmie while performing in Miami, FL on Saturday. Grimmie, the 22-year old singer and former The Voice contestant, was fatally shot at her own concern on Friday, June 10.
In her tribute, Selena Gomez remembered Grimmie as being close to her faith, saying “It’s not about her religion, and it’s not about good deeds. It’s just that she had faith.”
Afterwards, she dedicated her cover version of Hillsong Worship’s “Transfiguration” to Grimmie.
Gomez performing in Miami on June 11, 2016
Grimmie, whose career began in 2009, is known for her participation in the NBC singing competition The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. In June 2011, she released her debut EP Find Me. Her studio album With Love was released in 2013. A second EP, Side A, was released in 2016.
In 2014, Grimmie took part in season 6 of The Voice and finished in third place. Adam Levine, her coach on the show, announced in the finale that regardless of the results he would sign her to his label 222 Records. Lil Wayne also offered to sign her to his label, Young Money Entertainment. She was signed with Island Records for a short time before being dropped.
Gomez and Grimmie were close as both friends and artists. Grimmie’s manager, Brian Teefey, is also Selena Gomez’s stepfather. Both artist’s toured together when Grimmie performed in Gomez’s We Own the Night tour in 2011.
Later in her moving performance, Gomez appeared to break down during the chorus of her song “Nobody”.
Gomez is currently on the road for her Revival Tour–which is the singers second solo tour–in support of her second solo studio album Revival. The tour began in Las Vegas, NV at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 6, 2016, and is planned to conclude in Guadalajara, Mexico at the Telmex Auditorium on December 18, 2016.
Selena Gomez pays tribute to her friend Christina Grimmie