Last night (July 31), Christina Grimmie posthumously won her first Teen Choice Award, but don’t be surprised if you missed it. The late singer’s name was conspicuously absent from the broadcast.
Fans have expressed anger at the Teen Choice Awards for failing to air a tribute to Grimmie, who died after being shot at a meet-and-greet in June. The show did include a segment where Jessica Alba and Ne-Yo spoke out against gun violence more generally.
In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, the Teen Choice Awards urged fans to vote for Grimmie for Choice Music Web Star by retweeting tweets from the show’s official account. Those tweets earned tens of thousands of retweets in total — enough for Grimmie to secure the award.
Now, fans have accused the TCA of using Grimmie’s name and likeness for promotional purposes with no intent of honoring her on the show itself.
Dozens of artists, actors, and viral stars took home surfboards on Sunday, and not every award makes the telecast. But the Teen Choice Awards had already been met with scrutiny for using Grimmie’s name and image to promote the show, and her omission from the broadcast has only stoked that anger.