Teen Choice Awards Under Fire for Lack of Christina Grimmie Tribute

Fox show “blatantly exploited” murdered pop star, one angry fan writes

Last Updated: August 1, 2016 @ 10:51 AM

Christina Grimmie fans are pretty steamed at the Teen Choice Awards.

Grimmie was the former contestant from “The Voice” who was shot and killed by an obsessed fan in June. The pop singer had a loyal fan base among teens, and on Sunday she won an award for Choice Web Star: Music.

But fans were angry that the producers did not include a shout-out or special tribute to Grimmie, even though one of the evening’s highlights was a special segment in which Jessica Alba hailed the teen victims of gun violence and introduced R&B singer Ne-Yo, who covered Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

In fact, Grimmie and her win weren’t even mentioned during the telecast, which omitted some categories due to time constraints.

A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment.

But Grimmie’s fans had plenty to say on Twitter, accusing Fox of exploiting Grimmie’s death by touting her inclusion in the Choice Web Star category but then not even bothering to cite her in the telecast. One fan said the producers had “blatantly exploited” Grimmie.

A sampling of the outrage: