Just four days after his untimely death, artist Chris Cornell was honored at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. Audience members took a moment of silence during the show to reflect on the performer and his legacy. This tribute also comes five days before Cornell's private funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Last week, the vocalist was found dead in a Detroit hotel room after reportedly committing suicide, following one of his tour shows. (E! News reported that his family believes it may have been an accident.) His most recognized work comes from performing with groups Soundgarden and Audioslave.
Cornell's work has been previously recognized by the Billboard community, and has been nominated for other prestigious awards including Grammys. Beyond his work on the stage, Cornell and his wife Vicky started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, helping children around the world. This work was recognized Sunday evening. "Even though Chris is gone, his legacy endures," Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds said while introducing the moment on silence during the BBMAs. "We send our respects as well as our love to Chris' family at this time."
Cornell is already sorely missed by fans, because he certainly left his mark on the music industry.
So it's fitting that the BBMAs honored his legacy at this year's show.