‘The Voice’ opened the first night of their live finals with a touching tribute to the victims of the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting. Read on for all the details.
As The Voice began their finale week on Monday, Dec. 17, the show touchingly opened the evening with a musical moment that paid tribute to the 20 children and six adults tragically slain during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14.
The show opened on coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green, along with hosts Carson Daly and Christina Milian and a majority of this season’s finalists on stage surrounded by candles, each holding a card with the name and age of a victim, while they performed Leonard Cohen‘s beautiful ballad “Hallelujah”.
It was a touching moment that surely drew tears from the audience both in the studio and at home.
The First Two Victims Laid To Rest
As previously reported, the first two victims of the shooting, Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, both aged six, were laid to rest earlier in the day on Dec. 17. Little Jack was buried in the Newtown Village Cemetery, while Noah was buried in the B’nai Israel Cemetery in neighboring Monroe, CT. In a truly tragic development, it was revealed that Noah’s twin sister Arielle survived the brutal attack in her class room when her teacher hid her, along with her classmates, in a bathroom.
President Obama’s Address To Newtown
President Barack Obama visited Newtown, CT on Sunday, Dec. 16 to visit with the grieving families. While there, he addressed the community, saying, in part, “Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. I can only hope it helps for you to know that you’re not alone in your grief; that our world too has been torn apart; that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you, we’ve pulled our children tight. And you must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide; whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it. Newtown — you are not alone.”
What do you think about The Voice‘s tribute, HollywoodLifers? Did it bring tears to your eyes?
— Billy Nilles
More on the Sandy Hook Shooting Victims:
- 20 Innocent Children Gunned Down In School Shooting Identified — Pics
- First Child Victims Named In Sandy Hook School Shooting
- Newtown Shooting Tragedy: The First Two Victims Laid To Rest