Months after her father and Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell committed suicide, and after Linkin Park singer and their family friend Chester Bennington died in the same way weeks later, Toni Cornell has taken to the stage to perform an emotional tribute for the two iconic singers.
During Friday’s Good Morning America, the 12-year-old daughter of Chris Cornell stepped up to join OneRepublic on stage, to perform a poignant version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. They dedicated the cover to the iconic rock singers who took their own lives in identical ways.
In a statement, Toni Cornell said, “It’s an honour to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them.”
OneRepublic front man Ryan Tedder said, “Chester sang this at Cornell’s funeral, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years. It’s a very special song to us, and I think to most people and especially to Toni [Cornell] as well.”
Toni Cornell and Ryan Tedder alternated lead vocals on the cover, singing in unison at the end. The audience members were visibly weeping during the performance. Linkin Park were scheduled to perform at Central Park on Friday as part of Good Morning America’s Summer Concert series.