‘The Voice’ Pays Tribute to Sandy Hook Shooting Victims With Heartfelt Performance
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In an effort to make sense of the gruesome shooting that took place on Friday morning (Dec. 14) in Newtown, Conn., coaches on ‘The Voice’ — including country’s Blake Shelton — performed a touching tribute on the show on Monday. Backed by a large chorus, the group of talented singers belted out ‘Hallelujah.’
The song began with a shot of white candles flickering in the dark as a guitar strummed in the background. After a few chords, Shelton’s voice rang out the first words of the legendary tune while holding a card that read ‘Emilie Parker, 6.’ Behind him, the rest of the coaches from ‘The Voice,’ host Carson Daly and finalists from every season of the show stood silently holding cards with the names of victims inscribed on them.
After Shelton made it through the first half of the first verse, Adam Levine picked up and finished it off. By the time the chorus began, there couldn’t have been a dry eye in the house — although the performers managed to keep it together. The entire choir of 26 people sang together in harmony.
Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera picked up the second verse, and the chorus chimed in with a round of ‘hallelujahs’ once more before the song quietly faded out. As the camera panned back, viewers could see that 26 candles were lit in remembrance of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting victims.
The tribute was only about two minutes long, but the reverent tone and somber mood with which the performers sang made it clear that NBC wanted to put everything aside for a few moments and remember those who lost their lives too soon.