The fifth anniversary of Christina Grimmie’s shocking death is coming up in June, and her family and friends are coming together to pay tribute to the late The Voice season 6 alum with a virtual fundraising show.
Billboard reports that “Concert for a Cause” will be sponsored by the Christina Grimmie Foundation and feature a slew of her friends and fellow Voice alums and YouTube friends.
American Idol alum Tori Kelly is set to perform during the show. Also taking the stage are Rachel Platten, who toured with Christina; Audra McLaughlin and Jacquie Lee, her friends from season six of The Voice; and YouTubers Sam Tsui, Tiffany Alvord, and Tyler Ward. Kurt Schneider, who was Christina’s producer, will be joining Tsui for “Just a Dream,” and also worked with the artists for a special tribute to the singer. Music from The Similar and Stephen Rezza will also be featured during the show, reports Billboard.
Hunter March of E! News’ Nightly Pop will host the special event, which will be a tribute to Christina’s legacy as well as a fundraiser to help families impacted by gun violence. The Team Adam Levine member, who finished third in her season of The Voice, was shot and killed during a fan meet-and-greet on June 10, 2016 at age 22. Her brother Marcus tackled the gunman, who managed to shoot and kill himself.
“We’re honored to see the amount of support we’ve gotten for this event from so many of the people Christina cherished, respected, and loved, and we’re excited to bring this event to Team Grimmie and fans around the world,” Marcus said in a statement.
Christina’s dad Albert, one of the foundation’s founders said, “This June marks five years since Christina was taken from us, and while we miss her immensely, we are choosing to celebrate her life by continuing her legacy of love, hope, and inspiration.”
The show is set to stream June 8 at 8 p.m. ET via the concert’s official website. The event is free, but donations are encouraged, and will benefit the Christina Grimmie Foundation, which helps families rebuild their lives after losing someone to gun violence.