Tori Kelly did’t leave a dry eye in the house as she sang her emotional cover of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” at the 2016 Emmy Awards. The gorgeous singer/songwriter captured everyone’s attention in the Microsoft Theater during the touching In Memoriam tribute. Watch the performance here.
Beyond touching. Tori Kelly, 23, performed an incredibly moving rendition of “Hallelujah” as part of the In Memoriam tribute at the 2016 Emmy Awards. The beautiful performance, which simply featured Tori playing the guitar on a dimly-lit stage, honored late talent such as Prince, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Anton Yeltchin, Muhammad Ali, Garry Marshall, Garry Handling, Doris Roberts and Glenn Frey. Tori performed the song as images of those being remembered flashed across the screen.
After the commercial break, host Jimmy Kimmel, 48, saved his usual jokes and thanked Tori sweetly for honoring the tribute in such a special way.
The emotion in Tori’s voice is truly astounding. Back in July, Tori — who was nominated for the “Best New Artist” at the 2016 Grammys — wrote a heartbreaking tribute song, “Blink of an Eye,” to her friend, Christina Grimmie, who was tragically shot and killed in June. “I needed to write this song,” she wrote at the time. “My heart was [and] is still so heavy when I think of her not being with us. However, I am still comforted knowing that I’ll get to see her again someday in heaven. My prayers go out to her family [and] loved ones. Even though this song had specific meaning, more recently I’m overwhelmed at the pain [and] the brokenness in the world today. So this is really just me grieving. At all of it. Life is so short.”
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