The family of legendary rock vocalist Chris Cornell today accepted a posthumous Grammy Award on his behalf, using their acceptance speech to recognise the Soundgarden frontman’s immense contributions to music – and to those closest to him.

After When Bad Does Good was recognised with a Best Rock Performance nod, Cornell’s children Christopher and Toni, and their mother, Vicky Cornell, took to the stage.

“I never thought we’d be standing here without my dad, and I’m sure he would be proud and honoured,” Christopher told attendees before the televised portion of the ceremony.

“He was known for many things. He was a rock icon, the godfather of grunge… While he touched the hearts of millions, the most important thing he is known for to us is for being the greatest father and our hero,” he said.

“This is for you, Daddy, and we love you so much,” Toni added.

The singer died in May last year, aged 52.

When Bad Does Good was released as part of a box set covering the entirety of Cornell’s career, including his early successes with Soundgarden, his supergroup projects Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave, and his searing solo work.

A video clip for the track shows Christopher riding a bike around Seattle, Cornell’s hometown and the birthplace of the popular grunge movement.

Cornell’s Grammys win for When Bad Does Good marks his third win and 16th overall nomination.

Source: The Seattle Times
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