Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell last night at the Billboard Music Awards.


Reynolds took the stage to give a speech about the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer who died last week aged 52. “Although tonight is a time to celebrate the music and artists of the past year, it’s also a time to remember someone we lost this week,” the singer said. “Soundgarden and Audioslave’s Chris Cornell was a true innovator, a musical architect and a pioneer on the cutting edge of the Seattle grunge movement. He was a prolific songwriter, a legendary performer, a singer who had a voice for the ages, and a philanthropist whose Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation helped so many children around the world.”

He continued, “Even though Chris is gone, his legacy endures. We send our respects as well as our love to Chris’ family at this time.” Reynolds choked back tears, and had the audience join him in a moment of silence to remember the great Cornell.

Following this, Reynolds tweeted about the moment. “Chris Cornell deserved more than 10 seconds of silence,” he wrote. “Words cannot express the loss that we feel. Thank you for your legacy.”

See Reynolds’ talk to Billboard before the show below.

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