Grimmie, who placed third in season six of the series and was also a YouTube star, was gunned down by an unidentified assailant at a concert in Orlando, Florida Friday. Her brother tackled the shooter but was unable to stop him. The shooter later shot and killed himself. Police are still investigating the killing.
The Voice host Carson Daly talked about Grimmie's death via phone on NBC's Today show Saturday.
"I just think we're all still in shock," he said. "We're just so saddened by the news of Christina, who is such an incredible talent and incredible person. It still seems so fresh...I mean it's just, it's just so sad, so young. And this was a girl—people say this phrase a lot, of you know, 'So-and-so was a nice person, such a sweet person'—but Christina really was."
"She was special,' he added. "I mean, she really was special. She would walk in a room and she had an infectious laugh. She was determined, she was confident but she was so incredibly sweet. You would never forget meeting her. I'm shocked she didn't actually win season six."