Billboard Music Awards Holds Moment of Silence for Chris Cornell
"Although tonight is a time to celebrate the music and artists of the past year, it is also a time to recall a member of our community we lost this past week," Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds said.
After performing his band's song "Believer" at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds took the stage once again, but this time to pay tribute to his friend and fellow musician, the late Chris Cornell, who died last week at age 52.
"Although tonight is a time to celebrate the music and artists of the past year, it is also a time to recall a member of our community we lost this past week," Reynolds said. "Soundgarden and Audioslaves' Chris Cornell was a true innovator, a musical architect and a pioneer on the Seattle grunge movement."
After his touching tribute, the rock star led the audience in the T-Mobile arena in a moment of silence to honor the life and career of the pioneering rock star.
Cornell's death was ruled a suicide by a medical examiner. The late musician is survived by his three children and a humble legacy of philanthropy through his foundation, which has helped impoverished, abused and homeless children around the world.
The Imagine Dragons artist isn't the first in the music industry to pay tribute to Cornell on Saturday night; U2 also paid homage during their L.A. show.