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Christina Grimmie
Christina Grimmie in November 2014.jpg
Grimmie performing in November 2014
Born
Christina Victoria Grimmie

(1994-03-12)March 12, 1994
DiedJune 10, 2016(2016-06-10) (aged 22)
Cause of deathGunshot wounds
Resting placeBerlin Cemetery
Berlin, New Jersey[1]
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • YouTuber
Musical career
GenresPop
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • drums
Years active2009–2016
Labels
Associated acts
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2009–2016
Genre
Subscribers4 million
Total views587 million
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2010[2]
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2011[3]
Updated April 14, 2019
Websitechristinagrimmie.com
Signature
Christina Grimmie's signature.svg

Christina Victoria Grimmie (March 12, 1994 – June 10, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and YouTuber. Grimmie began posting covers of popular songs onto YouTube in 2009. In June 2011, she released her debut EP, Find Me. Later that month, she also reached one million subscribers on her YouTube channel. After her channel reached two million subscribers, she released her debut studio album, With Love (2013).

In 2014, Grimmie was a contestant on 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.

In 2016, Grimmie released her second EP, Side A. This same year, she also took on an acting role, making her first and only motion picture appearance in The Matchbreaker.

On June 10, 2016, Grimmie was fatally shot in a murder-suicide by an obsessed fan. The shooting occurred while she was signing autographs following a concert performance at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida.

In 2017, Side B, a posthumous follow up to Side A, was made available on Spotify and iTunes. On June 9, 2017, her second and final album, All Is Vanity, was released posthumously. In 2019, her YouTube channel reached four million subscribers.

Life and career[edit]

1994–2009: Childhood[edit]

Christina Victoria Grimmie was born to Tina and Albert Grimmie in the Marlton section of Evesham Township, New Jersey, on March 12, 1994. Her mother worked as a receptionist until she was diagnosed with breast cancer; her father worked at Verizon Communications as of 2014.[4] She had an older brother, Marcus (who served as Christina's road manager during her performances).[5] Grimmie was of Italian and Romanian descent[6] and grew up in Marlton, New Jersey, where she attended Bethel Baptist Christian School,[7] Marlton Middle School, and Cherokee High School.[8][9][10] Her father noticed Grimmie's talent for singing when she was six years old,[11] and she started playing the piano at age 10.[12] Despite having received piano lessons, Grimmie said she played by ear.[11]

2009–2010: YouTube recognition and discovery[edit]

Grimmie began posting videos to her YouTube channel in 2009 at age 15, under the username of zeldaxlove64.[13] Grimmie stated that she began a musical YouTube channel so that people could connect with her music,[14] and because her friend persuaded her to post her videos on the popular video sharing website.[15] The first video she uploaded was a cover of Hannah Montana's "Don't Wanna Be Torn".[10] She first earned recognition for her cover of Miley Cyrus's "Party in the U.S.A." in August 2009.[16] Grimmie's covers first gained attention and stood out due to her voice, personality, and interpretations[17] of well-known songs.[18]

Grimmie was homeschooled for her junior year of high school in 2010.[19] That same year, she covered Nelly's "Just a Dream" with fellow YouTuber Sam Tsui in a video which received more than 160 million views over the course of eight years,[20] Later, it also became available on iTunes and Spotify.[21][22] In 2011, she placed No. 2 in the MyYouTube competition, behind Selena Gomez.[23] As her popularity grew on YouTube, Grimmie was discovered in 2011 by Gomez's mother, Mandy Teefey; Teefey and her husband Brian soon became Grimmie's managers.[24]

2011: Find Me[edit]

Grimmie performing in 2011

Grimmie performed in the UNICEF charity concert,[25][26] and also performed backup vocals for Selena Gomez & the Scene; she appeared on the first DigiTour in 2011, which was created specifically for YouTube artists. Gomez became her mentor. Grimmie appeared on the Billboard Social 50;[27] she also opened for Selena Gomez & the Scene, Allstar Weekend and the Jonas Brothers during the Concert of Hope. She toured for six weeks with Selena Gomez & the Scene opening for them in the We Own the Night Tour.[28]

She released an EP entitled Find Me, on June 14, 2011.[28] The album was released independently and debuted at number 35 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US.[29] Her debut single "Advice" was released to Radio Disney on June 11,[30] with the music video, directed by Sean Babas, being released on July 19 on her YouTube channel. She appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with fellow YouTuber Tyler Ward, performing a cover to Lil Wayne's "How to Love"; the episode aired on October 10, 2011.[31] On November 20, 2011, Grimmie performed at the 39th American Music Awards of 2011 pre-show alongside Taio Cruz to a special rendition of Higher and also won her first award.[32] She also performed her song "Not Fragile" at the Coca-Cola Red Carpet Show along with Selena Gomez & the Scene. She and the band then appeared together in a commercial for Xbox's Kinect.[33] Grimmie also appeared in a commercial for Doritos that same month.[34] Grimmie was the special musical guest performing her hit song "Advice" on Disney Channel's So Random!, which premiered on December 11, 2011.[35]

2012–2013: With Love[edit]

In January 2012, Grimmie moved to Los Angeles to pursue her singing career; she was signed in April to Creative Artists Agency. On Disney.com, she starred in the web show Power Up: with Christina Grimmie, which ran from March 29, 2012, until June 5, 2012. She also revealed that she would be working with a new band, Rising Tide, a teen group originally from her hometown area in New Jersey.[36] A stripped version of Grimmie's original song "Find Me" was released on ITunes in June 2012,[37] and reached the front page later in July.[38] Though Grimmie's channel mostly focused on covers and original music, she also started pursuing other interests.[39][40][41][42] By April 2013, Grimmie's channel had more than 375 million views and two million subscribers. She then opened for Gomez during the North American leg of her Stars Dance Tour,[43] performing songs from her debut album With Love, which was released on August 6, 2013. On October 3, her music video for "Tell My Mama" was given its exclusive premiere on Billboard.com. Grimmie said the video is "about a guy that I start liking in school, and he's sort of a dangerous kid, and I am the type of girl that tells my mom about everything."[44] In January 2014, Grimmie appeared on an episode of the podcast Shane and Friends; Dawson was a friend of Grimmie's.[45]

2014: The Voice[edit]

Grimmie auditioned for season 6 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice, as revealed on her Facebook page.[46] During the Blind Auditions, she performed Miley Cyrus's hit song "Wrecking Ball". All four coaches, Adam Levine, Usher, Shakira, and Blake Shelton, "turned their chairs" for her; she opted for Adam Levine, after he told her she had the potential to be a "huge star" due to her voice and stage presence.[47] Selena Gomez supported Grimmie during her audition,[48] and Justin Bieber, an artist Grimmie had frequently covered on YouTube, supported her during the finale.[49] She finished in 3rd place, behind winner Josh Kaufman and runner-up Jake Worthington.[50] Host Carson Daly later said he was "shocked" Grimmie did not win.[51] All of Grimmie's performances were released on iTunes and Spotify as studio versions.[52][53]

     – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original artist Date Order Result
Blind audition "Wrecking Ball"[54] Miley Cyrus February 24, 2014 1.1 All four chairs turned
Joined Team Adam
Battles, Round 1 "I Knew You Were Trouble" (vs. Joshua Howard)[55] Taylor Swift March 25, 2014 11.4 Saved by coach
Battles, Round 2 "Counting Stars" (vs. Sam Behymer)[56] OneRepublic March 31, 2014 12.4 Saved by coach
Playoffs "I Won't Give Up"[57] Jason Mraz April 14, 2014 18.10 Saved by coach
Live Top 12 "Dark Horse"[58] Katy Perry April 21, 2014 20.6 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 10 "Hold On, We're Going Home"[59] Drake feat. Majid Jordan April 28, 2014 22.5 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 8 (Quarterfinals) "How to Love"[60] Lil Wayne May 5, 2014 24.8 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 5 (Semifinals) "Hide and Seek"[61] Imogen Heap May 12, 2014 26.5 Saved by Twitter Instant Save
(performed "Apologize")
"Some Nights"[62] Fun 26.9
Live Top 3 "Wrecking Ball"[54] Miley Cyrus May 19, 2014 28.1 Continued on Finale
"Somebody That I Used to Know" (with Adam Levine)[63] Gotye feat. Kimbra 28.5
"Can't Help Falling in Love"[64] Elvis Presley 28.8
Live Finale "All of the Stars" (with Ed Sheeran)[65] Ed Sheeran May 20, 2014 29.3 Third place
"Team" (with Bria Kelly, Tess Boyer and Jake Barker)[65] Lorde 29.12
Quarterfinals (Season 7) "With Love" (special guest performance)[66] Christina Grimmie December 2, 2014 23.1 Special Guest Appearance

2014–2016: Post-The Voice and major label debut[edit]

Grimmie performing in Los Angeles in November 2014

During the competition, Grimmie's coach Adam expressed his desire to sign her to his record label, 222 Records; Lil Wayne also showed interest in signing her to Young Money Entertainment. She ultimately chose to sign with Island Records.[67] She toured with previous contestants of The Voice including season 5 winner Tessanne Chin, runner-up Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, season 1 runner-up Dia Frampton, season 6 winner Josh Kaufman, runner-up Jake Worthington, and fellow season 6 contestants Kristen Merlin and Jake Barker. The Voice Summer tour started on June 21, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. She was writing and recording music for her sophomore album, her third major release, and first release since being signed to a label. The lead single was expected to be released in July 2014, with the album following later in the year.[68] Grimmie announced via Facebook that filming for the lyric video for the single started on July 6, 2014.[69] On July 11, she announced that her new single would be called "Must Be Love".[70] On July 15, 2014, she announced via a live stream that the song would be released on July 31.[71] "Must Be Love" was produced by Elof Loelv and recorded at ZAC Recording in Atlanta, Georgia.[72]

In February 2015, Grimmie collaborated with Dove Cameron and made a music video for "What A Girl Is", an original song from Cameron's show Liv and Maddie.[73] The music video was released on Grimmie's channel, and Disney's YouTube channel.[74][75] It was also promoted on the official channel.[73] On March 4, 2015, Grimmie announced that she had been dropped from Island Records and that she was working on a new album set to be released in late 2015.[76] The new single from the album, "Cliché", was released on March 16, 2015. On April 27, Grimmie released her second single, "Stay with Me", a collaboration with Diamond Eyes, which climbed to No. 5 on the iTunes Electronic Charts.[77] The song also was included on 2015 UKF Dubstep, an album showcasing the top dubstep songs of the year.[78] She was also a contestant in the iHeartRadio/Macy's Rising Star Contest. On May 27, 2015, Grimmie was revealed as the winner of the contest, securing her spot to open the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival in September.[79] On July 2, 2015, she released her third single, "Shrug". In September 2015, she was one of 16 international artists including Paul McCartney to record the charity single "Love Song to the Earth", which raises climate change awareness.[80] Grimmie returned to The Voice for season 9, to promote Kohl's fashion.[81]

On February 21, 2016, Grimmie released her second EP, titled Side A, which consisted of four songs. Grimmie said Side B was likely to follow. She had hoped to release a second full-length album by the end of the year.[82]

2016–2018: Posthumous releases[edit]

Grimmie had made a four-part video series for Side A comprising "The Ballad of Jessica Blue"; in July 2016, Brian Teefey announced that the videos would debut via Billboard then be featured on her YouTube channel.[83] The first video, for the song "Snow White", debuted on August 11.[84] The second video, for "Anybody's You", debuted on August 18. "Deception" debuted on August 25; "Without Him" on September 1.

Grimmie made her motion picture acting debut in The Matchbreaker, directed by Caleb Vetter.[85] The film was released in selected theaters in October 2016 and released digitally in December.[86]

Grimmie received her only Teen Choice Award in 2016, winning posthumously for Choice Web Star: Music. It was her third such nomination. The televised ceremony caused backlash among her fans, who said her name was used to promote the show, but never mentioned during the broadcast despite the inclusion of a tribute to victims of gun violence.[87] Her fans also called out the Emmys for excluding Grimmie from their memoriam.[88]

On February 17, 2017, Grimmie's family released the posthumous single "Invisible".[89] "Invisible" is part of Grimmie's EP Side B, which was released on April 21, 2017.[90] Following the release of Side B, Grimmie's first posthumous album, All Is Vanity, was released on June 9, 2017.[91][92] On May 11, 2018, Grimmie's family released another single, "Little Girl," which Grimmie wrote and recorded to support her mother as she battled breast cancer.[93]

Artistry[edit]

Voice and influences[edit]

Grimmie possessed a light-lyric soprano vocal range of three octaves and three notes.[94] In 2014, while on The Voice, Usher called her a "baby Céline Dion". Graham Nash said, "I'm amazed at the range and the control and the depth of her voice. At 20 years old? That's insane." Shakira deemed her high register "out of this world."[95]

Grimmie grew up listening to contemporary Christian artist Stacie Orrico: "She has a really awesome voice and I was so drawn to it. I think the reason I do have a soul voice is because I grew up listening to her and she was my huge, huge influence. I wanted to sound just like her, I wrote songs that kinda sounded like something she would do." Grimmie cited Christina Aguilera as her main influence vocally, and listed her favorite singers as Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, and Lady Gaga.[96] She also said she admired Beyoncé for her vocals. She said she liked dubstep and DJ music, as well as rock 'n roll and heavy metal artists Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden, and Tool.[97]

Personal life[edit]

Grimmie identified as a Christian.[98] Her family attended Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford, New Jersey, before they moved to Los Angeles.[4] Grimmie had cited her mother, a three-time breast cancer survivor, as a major inspiration for her musical career.[99] On September 2, 2018, Grimmie's mother Tina Grimmie died at the age of 59 after a "courageous and brave battle with breast cancer".[100]

Grimmie was an animal rights activist and participated in fundraising events for the Humane Society of the United States. The Christina Grimmie Animal Medical Fund was created in her honor, and she posthumously won the "Impact Award" from the industry for her animal rights activism.[101] She also worked with PETA to promote pet adoption, after adopting a dog in 2014.[102] In her honor, she received a leaf on PETA's Tree of Life, which honors heroes for animals.[103] Grimmie was an anime fan,[104] and had a Twitch channel where she frequently streamed.[105]

Death[edit]

Murder of Christina Grimmie
The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL.jpg
The Plaza Live, place where Grimmie was shot
LocationThe Plaza Live
Orlando, Florida
DateJune 10, 2016 (2016-06-10)
10:24 p.m.[106] (UTC-04:00)
TargetChristina Grimmie
Attack type
Murder–suicide at a meet and greet event
Weapons9mm Glock pistol[107]
Deaths2 (Grimmie and the perpetrator)
PerpetratorKevin James Loibl (suicide)
MotiveNone offered

On June 10, 2016, Grimmie performed with Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida. Earlier that day she posted a call out on social media asking people to come to the concert.[108] After their performance ended at 10:00 PM local time, Grimmie signed autographs inside of the venue. At 10:24 PM, Grimmie was shot by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl (March 10, 1989 – June 10, 2016) after initially opening her arms to give him a hug.[109] As witnesses fled the scene, Loibl was tackled by Grimmie's brother, and the men scuffled.[110] Loibl broke free, backed against a wall, and shot himself dead.[111][a] Grimmie was on the ground and bleeding from the head; after CPR was performed on her, 911 was called and she was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition with four gunshot wounds;[112][b] she was pronounced dead just before 23:00 local time.[114] An autopsy revealed that Grimmie was shot once in the head and twice in the chest. Her death was declared a homicide.[115]

The Orlando Police Department said Loibl had traveled by taxicab to Orlando from his home in St. Petersburg, Florida,[114] bringing two handguns, two extra magazines full of ammunition, and a large hunting knife.[c] "The suspect traveled to Orlando apparently to commit this crime and then had plans to travel back to where he came from," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.[116] According to Orlando police, the bags of the attendees would normally have been checked, but there were no metal detectors at the venue, nor were the attendees frisked.[117] One witness complained that the security was concerned about food and beverages being brought into the theatre, but did not catch Loibl's guns.[118] Witnesses described Loibl as "nervous" and "kinda creepy".[119] Though Loibl did not have an arrest record in his home county, he had previous run-ins with the police and purchased the guns legally.[120] He did not appear to know Grimmie personally; nor did Grimmie know of him.[121] He also had no diagnosis of any mental illnesses, but had a history of violence.[122] Police did not offer a motive,[d] but said that Loibl had shown an "unhealthy and unrealistic infatuation" with the singer and tried to make himself more physically attractive for her through weight loss, hair plugs, and eye surgery. The Orlando Sentinel described his motive as “If I can’t have you, then nobody else can — and I'm going to possess you by taking your life.”[123] Although Loibl lived "like a hermit",[124] his family said that they were not aware of his plans to travel to Orlando nor that he possessed any guns. They also stated that they had never heard of Grimmie, or seen Loibl talk about her, nor watch The Voice.[125] However, his "only friend in the world" claimed to have known about Loibl's obsession, though not its extent; Loibl's co-workers stated the same.[126] They also said Loibl would be "angry and defensive" when questioned about his obsession, and before the shooting had stated he was "tired and ready to ascend."[123][127]

Grimmie was buried at Berlin Cemetery, in a private ceremony on June 16.[1] The following day, thousands of friends and fans attended a public memorial held in Medford, New Jersey.[128]

Aftermath and reactions[edit]

Dozens of artists and other celebrities took to social media in response to Grimmie's death.[129] The Voice tweeted, "There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice".[130][e] Her former coach, Adam Levine, wrote that he and his wife were "absolutely devastated and heartbroken ... This is yet another senseless act of extreme violence."[134] Blake Shelton wrote "I'm stunned and disgusted and heartbroken that we lost that sweet little girl." Longtime friend and former tour-mate Selena Gomez was performing only a few miles away from Grimmie at the Amway Center when she was shot.[135] The following morning she wrote, "My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you, Christina."[136] Gomez also tearfully dedicated her performance of Hillsong's "Transfiguration" to Grimmie's memory at her Miami concert the following night on June 11,[137] and then canceled a meet-and-greet scheduled to take place that night, citing fear and grief.[138] Gomez later checked into rehab and put her tour on hold.[139] Many others dedicated performances to Grimmie, such as Justin Bieber, Sabrina Carpenter, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, Twenty One Pilots, Charlie Puth, and Rachel Platten.[140][141][142] Dove Cameron, who had previously collaborated with Grimmie, expressed her grief over the course of a few days on Twitter.[143] Before You Exit, with whom Grimmie had performed before the shooting, tweeted, "Today we lost an angel, sister, and a beloved friend."[144] The family of the perpetrator of Grimmie's death left a handwritten note on their doorstep offering their condolences and apologies for their son's actions, with "no other comments".[145] Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, paid tribute by saying the YouTube family was "heartbroken" and "shocked" to hear of Grimmie's murder, with YouTube officially paying tribute on their website.[146][147] Many YouTubers made tribute videos for Grimmie,[148][149][150] and on June 17, a montage of clips featuring Grimmie titled "In Loving Memory Of Christina Grimmie" was posted on her official YouTube channel, which gained upwards of 2.5 million views and 33,000 comments in the first four days.[151] Songs written and recorded in Grimmie's memory include Tyler Ward's "A Song for Christina";[152] Before You Exit's "Clouds";[153] MAX's "Christina's Song"[154] and "Blink of an Eye" by Tori Kelly.[155] In Season 11 of The Voice, the coaches performed "Dream On" at the start of the show, as a tribute to Grimmie.[156] In Season 12, Team Adam performed "Hey Jude" as another tribute to Grimmie; her family was in the audience.[157]

On June 11, a GoFundMe was created by Grimmie's manager to cover funeral costs and expenses for the Grimmie family, raising over $170,000 in two days and surpassing its goal of $4,000. It received over 25,000 shares through social media,[158] but soon after, Adam Levine offered to pay for all expenses.[159][f] Also, a petition was created on change.org to honor Grimmie, a fan of the video game series The Legend of Zelda, by naming an NPC after her in the upcoming Legend of Zelda game set to be released in 2017. It was signed by over 70,000 people, including her brother Marcus, though nothing ever came of it.[160] Grimmie was scheduled to appear at E3 2016, the former president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé, gave his condolences to Grimmie and the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting before giving his Nintendo E3 2016 speech on announcing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.[161]

Grimmie's death led to calls for increased security at performing arts venues,[162] and also created a discussion about gun control and mental health.[163][164] American heavy metal band Pantera, noting the similarities between Grimmie's murder and the deaths of former Pantera guitarist Darrell Abbott and three others in 2004, urged concert promoters and club owners to impose stronger measures to protect artists from "gun wielding fanatics. Sadly, that's not the case and another rising star had to pay the consequences with her life."[165]

The Plaza Live reopened four days after the shooting, and paid tribute to Grimmie.[166] Management asked Orlando police to help evaluate the club's security.[167] Some singers in Las Vegas—including Cali Tucker, another season six contestant on The Voice—were given escorts after their performances.[168] In California, VidCon added metal detectors and security officers, and banned informal meet-and-greets, in the wake of Grimmie's shooting.[169][g] Video personalities including Joey Graceffa were assigned private security.[171] An industry attorney said the extra measures are "expensive, and fans don't like it. But this is the new reality."[172]

The Pulse nightclub shooting occurred the night after Grimmie's murder, and also took place in Orlando, Florida; it was only four miles from where Grimmie was shot.[173] While police confirmed that the two shootings had no connection,[174] Billboard published "An Open Letter to Congress: Stop Gun Violence Now" on June 23 demanding background checks for every gun purchase and an outright ban on sales to suspected terrorists. The inspiration for the letter came from both shootings, and Billboard's editors said the ease with which "dangerous people" can get guns is the one connection between Grimmie's murder and the Pulse shooting. The letter was signed by nearly 200 music industry luminaries, including artists Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Thom Yorke, surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr,[h] and executives Daniel Glass, Irving Azoff, and Russell Simmons.[176]

In February 2017, Grimmie's family announced their plans to create a foundation in her honor named "The Christina Grimmie Foundation".[89][i] The foundation's purpose is to support those affected by gun violence and/or breast cancer. The foundation frequently hosts events in Grimmie's honor, to ensure that Grimmie's death is "not the end of her story."[177] Later that month, an episode of 48 Hours titled "Stalked" aired focusing on Grimmie's murder.[178]

On the second anniversary of Grimmie's murder, the city of Orlando paid tribute, as did the police force.[179] That same month, a podcast titled "Christina Grimmie: The Murder of a Rising Star" was released, with separate episodes all focusing on key components of her murder.[180] After the Jacksonville Landing shooting occurred in August 2018, BBC News compared Grimmie's murder with it, along with other shootings that had occurred in Florida.[181]

Lawsuit[edit]

In December 2016, six months after her murder, Grimmie's family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against several entities, including the concert promoter, the foundation that owns the venue, and the security company working the event.[182] In January 2017, the venues requested that the judge dismiss the lawsuit, claiming Florida law does not allow business owners to be held liable for attacks on their property.[183] A hearing on the motion to dismiss the lawsuit was set for May 23.[184] The lawsuit was dismissed but Grimmie's family was given an opportunity to re-file the suit. The judge stated that the suit did not make enough of a distinction between the concert promoter and the venue owner.[185]

In May 2017, the family's attorney, Brian Caplan, said that Grimmie's family would file a new complaint after a Florida judge dismissed the original lawsuit.[186]

On April 9, 2018, just short of a year after the Grimmie family filed a new complaint in a Florida court, it was revealed that a judge rejected the defendants' AEG Live and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Plaza Foundation motions to dismiss the case, and has allowed the family's lawsuit to move forward.[187] In their lawsuit the Grimmie family alleges that the defendants "failed to take adequate security measures to ensure the safety of the performers and the attendees at the concert venue." Grimmie's family is also being allowed to move forward on claims of "negligent infliction of emotional distress". The judge determined more research on the claims is needed before going forward.[188] No time frame has been given on the next steps in the case or when a decision would be reached.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 So Random![189] Herself Guest Performer
2012 Power Up[190] Herself Host
Remixed[191] Herself -
2012–2014 Dancing with the Stars[192][193][194] Herself Musical Guest
2014 TakePart Live[195] Herself Guest
The Voice[196] Herself Contestant/Performer
2014 Orange Bowl[197] Herself National Anthem Singer
2015 Drama King[198] Herself Guest
Teens Wanna Know[199] Herself -
VIP for a Day[200] Herself -

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2016 The Matchbreaker[201] Emily Atkins Independent film

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with peak chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[202]
US
Indie

[203]
BEL
(FL)

[204]
With Love
  • Released: August 6, 2013
  • Label: Maker Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
101 20 167
All Is Vanity
  • Released: June 9, 2017
  • Label: UMG, Republic
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[202]
The Complete Season 6 Collection (The Voice Performance)
  • Released: May 20, 2014
  • Label: UMG, Republic
  • Format: Digital download
192
The Matchbreaker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Released: Nov 29, 2016
  • Label: So Broken Up
  • Formats: CD, digital download

EPs[edit]

List of EPs, with peak chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
Indie
CAN
Find Me
  • Released: June 14, 2011
  • Formats: CD, digital download
35 6 44
Side A
  • Released: February 21, 2016
  • Label: LH7 Management
  • Formats: CD, digital download
171 11
Side B
  • Released: April 21, 2017
  • Label: UMG, Republic
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with peak chart positions
Single Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[205]
US
Heat

[206]
CAN
[207]
"Advice" 2011 Find Me
"Liar Liar" 15
"Tell My Mama" 2013 With Love
"Feelin' Good" 2014
"Wrecking Ball (The Voice Performance)" The Complete Season 6 Collection (The Voice Performance)
"I Knew You Were Trouble (The Voice Performance)"
"Counting Stars (The Voice Performance)"
"I Won't Give Up (The Voice Performance)"
"Dark Horse (The Voice Performance)"
"Hold On, We're Going Home (The Voice Performance)" 74 6 64
"How to Love (The Voice Performance)" 79 7 79
"Hide and Seek (The Voice Performance)"
"Some Nights (The Voice Performance)"
"Can't Help Falling in Love (The Voice Performance)" 74 4 68
"Somebody That I Used to Know (The Voice Performance)"
(Grimmie and Adam Levine)
66 47
"Must Be Love" Non-album singles
"Cliché" 2015
"Stay with Me"
(Diamond Eyes and Grimmie)
"Shrug"
"Love Song to the Earth"
(Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Angélique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q'orianka Kilcher)
"Invisible" 2017 Side B and All Is Vanity
"Sublime" All Is Vanity
"Little Girl" 2018 Non-album single
"Hold Your Head Up" 2019 TBA
"—" denotes items which did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2011 "Advice" Sean Babas
2013 "Tell My Mama" David Turvey
2014 "Feelin' Good"
2015 "What a Girl Is" Layne Pavoggi
2016 "Snow White" King Hollis
"Anybody's You"
"Deception"
"Without Him"
"My Buddy"
2017 "Invisible" Stephen Leonard
2018 "Little Girl"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Outcome
2011 American Music Awards New Media Honoree (Female) Won
Youth Rock Awards Rockin' Indie Artist of the Year Won
2012 Intense Radio's Music Awards Best Female Cover Artist Won
2013 Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist of the Year Nominated
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Viral Superstar Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Music Nominated
2015 Choice Web Star: Music Nominated
Shorty Awards Best YouTube Musician Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Festival Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star Won
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Music Won
2017 Humane Society (HSUS) Impact Award Won

Concert tours[edit]

Opening acts
Public tours

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Police later called Marcus Grimmie "heroic" and said his actions "could have prevented [additional] loss of life there".[5]
  2. ^ "Christina suffered a gunshot wound to the side of her head. ... This wound was fatal. Christina also suffered three gunshot wounds to her torso."[113]
  3. ^ The second handgun was found on the floor at the venue; the head of security told police that a misfeed had kept it from firing. Whether Loibl had attempted to use it during the crime was not stated.[106]
  4. ^ Loibl's phone was encrypted, and the hard drive from his computer had been destroyed.[111]
  5. ^ On June 28, The Voice released the video "With Love: A Tribute to Christina Grimmie", featuring reminiscences from fellow contestants including Will Champlin, Delvin Choice, Jacquie Lee and Kat Perkins.[131] On August 21, NBC broadcast a post-Olympics preview episode of The Voice dedicated "in loving memory of our friend Christina Grimmie."[132] During the episode broadcast on April 25, 2017, the Christina Grimmie Foundation was officially launched and Team Adam dedicated its performance of "Hey Jude" to Grimmie.[133]
  6. ^ Levine paid for Grimmie's funeral.[1]
  7. ^ Grimmie had been a featured performer at VidCon, and its June 2016 event in Anaheim featured a video tribute to the fallen singer, after which event hosts John and Hank Green tearfully asked the audience for a round of applause for Grimmie.[170]
  8. ^ Bandmate John Lennon was shot and killed by a "deranged fan" in 1980.[175]
  9. ^ The Christina Grimmie Foundation was officially launched in April.[133]

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