Chris Stapleton was one of several artists who took the stage at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Wednesday night (Jan. 16) to honor the late singer Chris Cornell. The "Broken Halos" singer stunned the audience with a tender rendition of Cornell's song "The Keeper."
I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and featured performances from Cornell's former bandmates in Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog along with Metallica, Ryan Adams, Foo Fighters, Brandi Carlile and more. Money raised through the concert went to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which is dedicated to helping vulnerable children around the world, and the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation.
"The Keeper" was penned by Cornell for the 2011 film Machine Gun Preacher. It was also included on his solo album Songbook.
Stapleton took the stage again during the concert for a performance of "Hunger Strike" along with Brandi Carlile and Temple of the Dog.
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Cornell, a grunge icon who rose to fame as the lead vocalist of Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead in his Detroit hotel room on May 18, 2017 hours after he performed a Soundgarden concert. His death has been ruled a suicide, but Cornell's wife released a statement in 2017 saying she believes his actions may have been a result of a prescription drug he was using. Cornell was 52 years old.