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NBC’s The Voice Opens Season Finale With Touching Tribute Performance For Sandy Hook Shooting Victims

NBC's The Voice Opens Season Finale With Touching Tribute To Shooting Victims

Three days after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., NBC’s reality talent show The Voice kicked off its third season finale with a touching tribute performance for the 20 schoolchildren and 6 adult staff members killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

All 20 of the show’s contestants came together on stage, joined by judges Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine, along with hosts Carson Daly and Christina Milian. Each singer held up a placard with the name and age of one of the 26 people killed at the elementary school.

The group stood in the pitch black, surrounded by candles.

The show’s producers chose Leonard Cohen‘s oft-covered “Hallelujah” as the tribute tune. The song has been used for every mood — from weddings to funerals — because, as Cohen once explained, he meant for the waltz-like song’s feeling to depend on whether the performer wanted it to be “melancholic, fragile, uplifting [or] joyous” at that moment.

Tonight the mood was decidedly mournful.

Watch below, via NBC:

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