Good Morning America paid tribute to late rock singers Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) today during a heartfelt concert that included Chris’ daughter.
There was not a dry eye in Central Park as 12-year-old Toni Cornell took the stage with OneRepublic to honor her late father and his good friend. Toni and the band gave a moving performance of the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah.”
“It’s an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester, and to sing for them,” Toni said.
According to OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, the song “Hallelujah” was chosen because of its special meaning to both men.
“Chester sang this at Chris’ funeral, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years,” Ryan said.
He went on to add, “It’s a very special song to us, and I think to most people, and especially to Toni as well.”
The tribute to Chris and Chester comes on the day that Linkin Park was scheduled to perform on Good Morning America as part of the GMA Summer Concert Series.
OneRepublic agreed to replace Linkin Park and help celebrate the legacy of the singers, who both committed suicide this year. The group told ABC News “it was an honor to pay tribute to our beloved colleagues.”
This is not the first time that Toni has poured her heart out over the loss of her father. On Father’s Day, she took to Facebook to share a moving letter to a man she called “the best father in the whole wide world.”
On May 18, Chris took how own life. Chester did the same thing almost two months later, on July 20, which would have been Chris’ 53rd birthday.
Chris and Chester forged a close friendship through their music. The two had been friends for years, touring and performing together in the early 2000s. Chester was even godfather to Chris’ son Christopher.
Check out Toni and OneRepublic’s moving tribute to Chris and Chester in the below video.