At the 61st Grammy Awards, Chris Cornell, former frontman for Audioslave and Soundgarden won a posthumous award for Best Rock Performance.
In May 2017, singer Chris Cornell was found dead in a hotel room in Detroit. The 52-year-old rockstar had earlier performed at Fox Theatre in the city and even spoken about possible future performances. The shocking death led to an investigation that eventually revealed that Cornell had killed himself. According to the coroner, the icon had hung himself to death. A brief glimpse at Cornell's life would have revealed no telltale signs of mental illness. Not only was he a very successful musician, but he also had a loving family, supportive friends and loving fans. To most, this pristine picture of perfection was a reason enough to believe that he was indeed doing great. But under this facade lay a rather dark secret. You see, Cornell had been no stranger to mental illness or addiction. In fact, it is a rather well-known fact that he not only went sober all the way back in 2002, he also lashed out against the romanticization of rock stars who had succumbed to addiction. The singer's suicide brought to limelight the invisible nature of mental illness and how fatal it could be if left unaddressed.
But though Cornell breathed his last in 2017, his music lived on. In 2018, a box set was released posthumously as a tribute to the late legendary singer. Curated by his wife Vicky, other musicians he had performed with, and some very close friends, the album simply titled Chris Cornell featured 64 songs including some of his greatest hits like Black Hole Sun, Like a Stone, and Cochise. But what made the box-set truly special was the inclusion of 11 previously unreleased tracks. While a lot of these unreleased tracks were remakes and covers of older classics like Bob Marley's Redemption Song and Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U, it did feature one original track, When Bad Does Good.
Produced, recorded and mixed by Cornell himself, the song proved to be quite the winner at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 11, 2019. Though other nominations in the category included the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Greta Van Fleet, and Halestorm among others, Cornell's song was the one that walked away with the award for the Best Rock Performance. This posthumous award was Chris Cornell's first ever Grammy win as a solo artist. He had previously won two Grammy awards in 1995 as a part of Soundgarden, a rockband he had co-founded way back in 1984. He has been nominated for 16 Grammys till date.
Toni Cornell, the late musician's 14-year-old daughter took to the stage during a ceremony to accept the award on her father's behalf. She was accompanied by her brother, Christopher Cornell. “His voice was his vision and his music was his peace,” Rolling Stone quoted the young girl saying about her late father. She was spotted wearing a t-shirt with her father's picture on it as a tribute. “This is for you daddy, we love you so much.” Her brother Christopher also had a few things to say: “I never thought we’d be standing here without my dad, and I’m sure he would be proud and honored."
“He was known for many things. He was a rock icon, the godfather of grunge and the creator of a movement whose contribution to music history made a lasting impact across genres and generations. He was also one of the greatest poets of his time, whose … soaring, unforgettable vocals made him the voice of a generation. While he touched the hearts of millions, the most important thing he was known for to us is for being the greatest father," Christopher added. The two children were accompanied by his wife Vicky Karayiannis at the event.
According to the report, Vicky Cornell had also opened up about her husband's death. “Since Chris’ sudden passing I have put all my efforts and energy into sharing his music and legacy with his fans from all over the world,” she allegedly recorded in a statement last year. “I felt we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him – the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist. His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many. His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans.”
Needless to say, fans were thrilled all over the internet.
"When Bad Does Good" by Chris Cornell wins the #Grammys Award for Best Rock Performance.— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) February 10, 2019
Across his entire catalog solo and with Soundgarden, Cornell has sold 14.8 million albums, 8.8 million digital songs, and 30 million records worldwide.
And he's still missed every day. pic.twitter.com/6TkHnPicOs
Most amazing voice. Thankful to still have his music which will live on forever in my playlist. 💔— kchc10 (@kchc101) February 11, 2019
One of the greatest rock frontmen of all time. Soundgarden got me through my teens and Audioslave got me through my twenties.— Crusader for Justice #Kamala2020 (@darsky) February 11, 2019
I hate living in a world that doesn’t have Chris Cornell. May he forever RIP ❤️
he deserved this so much i’m so fucking proud of him i just wish he was here to accept the award himself— 𝐞𝐦𝐦𝐲 ♉︎ (@neptuhnes) February 10, 2019
While everyone seemed to be happy, a few had some complaints about not getting enough of rock at the Grammys. But to be fair, they do seem to have a point...
. @chriscornell won Best Rock Performance for “When Bad Does Good”. Nobody saw it because the #GRAMMMYs doesn’t feel a category like BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE is important enough to put on TV.. God forbid! #Disgraceful #DisrespectfulToRock— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) February 11, 2019
Didn't show best rock song or album either— Hunter Machin (@HunterMachin1) February 11, 2019
Chris Cornell deserved better. Rock music deserves better.— Harris (@Angel_Eyes820) February 11, 2019