Grammys 2019: Chris Cornell’s children collect posthumous award for their late fatherFebruary 11, 2019
THE late Chris Cornell’s children collected a Grammy Awards for their father.
The late Soundgarden singer won a posthumous Grammy for best rock performance for the song When Bad Does Good.
Cornell took his own life in 2017 aged 52. His children, Toni and Christopher, accepted the prize on stage.
His son Christopher said: “I never thought we’d be standing here without my dad, I’m sure he would be proud and honoured.”
Christopher finished by describing Cornell, a seminal figure in grunge, as “the greatest father and our hero”.
On Father’s Day, Toni paid tribute to her father by releasing a touching duet they recorded together before he died.
The children attended the Grammys to celebrate their father’s musical legacy[/caption]
The band’s frontman was found dead after a concert in Detroit in May last year, with a coroner ruling the 52-year-old’s death as suicide.
His daughter Toni has now shared their recording on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, along with a black and white picture of herself with her father.
She wrote: “Daddy, I love you and miss you so much. You were the best father anyone could ask for.
“Our relationship was so special, and you were always there for me. You gave me courage when I didn’t have any. You believed in me when I didn’t. I miss your love everyday.
“Recording this song with you was a special and amazing experience I wish I could repeat 100 times over and I know you would too.
“Happy Father’s Day daddy, nothing compares to you. Toni.”
Vicky Cornell and daughter Toni, son Christopher and stepdaughter Lilli Jean Cornell held a vigil on the anniversary of Chris Cornell’s death at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary on May 18, 2018
Dad-of-three Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement originating out of Seattle, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains.
Soundgarden was formed in 1984 and in 2001 the rock star joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford.
Cornell had two children with second wife Vicky Karayiannis – Toni and 12-year-old Christopher – as well as a daughter from his first marriage, named Lillian.
On Father’s Day last year, Toni penned an open letter to her dad on Facebook where she wrote: “You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to.
Chris Cornell with his daughter Toni, right, and son Christopher, left, before his tragic death in May last year[/caption]
“You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do.
“Whenever I cry or feel like there’s no way I can go on, I hear your voice, ‘Don’t sit worrying peanut. Worry is a waste of time, I’m ok.’”
She recalled a memory of the pair watching Purple Rain together and explained that they had a special connection in the arts.
MOST READ IN TV & SHOWBIZ
Toni added: “Poems, books, music, writing. We both have a unconditional love for it.
“Who’s going to introduce me to movies like ‘Purple Rain’ and songs like ‘The Beautiful Ones’ now? I’m hoping I will find some because you trained me so well.
“I know you are still here, and the warmth I feel beneath the cold, is you.”
Got a story? email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us direct on 02077824220.
We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.