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Tori Kelly Performed a Moving Rendition of Hallelujah at the Emmys

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Kevin Winter—Getty Images Singer Tori Kelly performs onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

The faces of the many artists who passed away this year were shown on screen as Kelly sang

The “In Memoriam” segment of Sunday night’s Emmy Awards ceremony honored a variety of big names from across the entertainment industry, from musicians David Bowie, Prince and Glenn Grey of the Eagles, to actors Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman and Anton Yelchin, as well as 60 Minutes journalist Morley Safer and boxing legend Muhammad Ali — a reminder that 2016 has been a year of notable loss.

Singer-songwriter Tori Kelly performed a soulful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during the sequence. The faces of the many artists who passed away this year were shown on screen as Kelly played, reports Billboard.

But, as with years past, there was dissatisfaction with the Television Academy’s decision to leave out several names from the televised tribute. One exclusion that produced notable online backlash was Christina Grimmie, who launched her career on NBC’s The Voice, and was killed by a gunman in Orlando in June, reports PEOPLE.

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