Christina Grimmie: VidCon pays tribute to late star
Hank and John Green introduced the video, featuring testimonies from friends and YouTubers
The online community came together over the weekend to mourn the singer and prolific YouTuber Christina Grimmie with an emotional tribute at VidCon.
Event hosts Hank and John Green introduced the memorial at the Anaheim Convention Center, additionally calling for a round of applause instead of a moment of silence to honor the late performer, who was killed June 10 in a targeted attack after a concert in Orlando, Florida.
“Her innovation and her generosity will affect this industry and this community forever, and I’m proud of that,” Hank said, fighting back tears. “Her memory will always be with us, but a bunch of her friends reached out to us because they wanted to share a tribute that they were putting together for her memory.”
The clip features dozens YouTubers and friends singing one of Grimmie’s songs, “With Love,” as a video montage of the late 22-year old’s life on camera flashed before the audience, including Grimmie’s performances as a contestant on The Voice in addition to a mix of candid shots and clips from her YouTube channel, which currently has nearly 4 million subscribers.
“I don’t have anything to say, I don’t have words still and it’s a good and bad thing. All I’m going to say is thank God for the mark that she left on this world. Thanks mom and dad I know it’s going to be really tough for us to move forward,” he said. “All the rumors are true that when the gunman came…her arms were open. That’s how she treated everyone she knew, her arms were open for them. So thanks again for coming out you guys, and I love you Christina.”
Watch the emotional VidCon tribute to Grimmie in the video above.