Ten months after that interview, Grimmie was shot dead Friday in Florida after a man approached her and opened fire as she signed autographs, police said.
It’s a tragedy that makes her PEOPLE Now interview more acute.
As the 22-year-old said then, of working with Levine, her former Voice coach: “He’s kind of all over the place. It’s hilarious, actually, to me.”
“His mind is in a million different places,” she said, partially because he is so creative.
And of Cyrus, whose hit songs, in part, helped Grimmie be discovered: “I mean, it’s kind of like Miley’s the lucky charm now,” she said.
“She was definitely my favorite growing up, for sure,” she said.
And in a statement to PEOPLE, Levine said, “[My wife] Behati and I are absolutely devastated and heartbroken by Christina Grimmie’s tragic death.
“Our hearts go out to her family. Christina was a natural, a gifted talent that comes along so rarely. She was taken from us too soon.”