Christina Grimmie won a posthumous Teen Choice Award, but fans are furious over the omission of the singer’s name in the Sunday night (July 31) broadcast of the ceremony, which had been dedicated to ending gun violence.
The YouTube star and Voice alum, who was murdered in a tragic shooting earlier this year, won an award for Choice Web Star: Music at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards – yet it was not announced during the televised show on Fox.
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With over 50 individual awards, the TV hosts are unable to announce every single surfboard at the annual ceremony, and therefore many winners are reportedly presented with awards after the televised programme has finished.
However, viewers have taken to Twitter to voice their disappointment after producers failed to honour Christina, especially since the late pop star had been used in advertisements for the awards show:
Additionally, Christina was not referenced during a special segment in which Jessica Alba appeared on stage with victims of gun violence from San Bernardino, Newton and Orlando.
“Tonight, we stand together with these teens united in a call for peace in an end to this violence,” Alba said before introducing Ne-Yo to the stage, and urging viewers to use the hashtag #StopTheViolence.
Christina was 22 years old when she was tragically shot and killed, during an autograph signing, after a gunman opened fire following a performance at a Floridian concert venue in June.
With a specific focus on ending gun violence, many fans questioned how Fox could have omitted the late star’s name from an awards ceremony that typically prides itself on honouring every single aspect of the entertainment industry.
As a result, a change.org petition has now been set up to demand a formal apology from Teen Choice and FOX.