'The Voice's touching tribute to Newtown victims: Coaches, finalists sing 'Hallelujah' (Video)
NBC's singing contest series "The Voice" recently paid tribute to the victims of the Connecticut school shooting with a moving performance of Leonard Cohen's 1984 ballad "Hallelujah."
Coaches Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green Adam Levine joined finalists Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott and Nicholas David, host Carson Daly and social media correspondent Christina Milian on stage on Monday's episode to sing the popular ballad, made famous by Jeff Buckley in 1994, as candles flickered in front of them.
On Friday, December 14, a man shot dead 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in what marked one of the deadliest and most shocking tragedies in U.S. history. During their tribute performance on "The Voice" on Monday, the coaches and contestants held cards containing the names and ages of the victims.
Aguilera held a card for Grace McDonnell, 7.
"Tonight was all about paying tribute to the dear sweet angels whose lives were taken way too soon. We wanted the stage look to just be simple and pure to acknowledge the people of Connecticut. My prayers are with the families. XoXtina," the singer said in a message posted on her website.
Daly held a card for Jesse Lewis, 6. Milian -- Daniel Barden, 7. Levine -- Catherine Hubbard, 6. Green -- Jessica Rekos, 6. Shelton, who held the card for Emilie Parker, 6, had on the day of the shooting posted a slew of Tweets posted a number of Tweets about the tragedy, including one that read: "Stand strong and stand united everyone... We are Americans and we are better than this."
An official YouTube video of the performance has been viewed more than 1.4 million times since Monday's episode. The winner of the current third season of "The Voice" will be named on the finale, which airs on Tuesday.
A day after the shooting, NBC's late-night sketch series "Saturday Night Live" paid tribute to the shooting victims with a performance of "Silent Night" by the New York City Children's Chorus.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres dedicated her first taped show since the shooting to the victims of the tragedy. It aired on Tuesday.