Toni Cornell and OneRepublic honoured two of the music icons we lost this year.
Performing alongside OneRepublic, Toni, 12, appeared on “Good Morning America” on Friday and performed a touching tribute to her father, Chris Cornell, and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.
Toni and OneRepublic sang Leonard Cohen’s classic song “Hallelujah” to celebrate the life and musical legacy of Bennington and Toni’s late dad.
“Chester sang [“Hallelujah”] at Chris’ funeral, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years,” OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder said. “It’s a very special song to us, and I think to most people and especially to Toni [Cornell] as well.”
“It’s an honour to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them,” Toni said about the performance.
The friends and peers died within months of each other, with Bennington passing away on July 20 and Cornell, on May 18.
Linkin Park had been scheduled to perform today during the “Good Morning America” Summer Concert Series in Central Park prior to Bennington’s death. OneRepublic filled in and said it was an honour to pay tribute to the band.