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The children of the late Chris Cornell appeared on stage to accept his posthumous award at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Cornell, who tragically passed away in 2017, claimed ‘Best Rock Performance’ for his solo material and the track ‘When Bad Does Good‘ which was released as part of last year’s Chris Cornell box set.

Taking to the stage, Cornell’s children spoke of their pride for their father. 14-year-old Toni and 13-year-old Christopher gave an incredible emotional speech which received rapturous applause from the Los Angeles crowd.

“I never thought we’d be standing here without my dad and I’m sure he’d be proud and honored,” Christopher said. “He was known for many things. He was a rock icon, the godfather of grunge, and the creator of a movement, whose contribution to music history made a lasting impact across genres and generations.”

He added: “He was also one of the greatest poets of his time, whose voice, soaring unforgettable vocals, made him the voice of a generation. While he touched the hearts of millions, most importantly he is known for to us is for being the greatest father in our ear.”

Toni added: “His voice was his vision and his music was his peace, this is for you daddy and we love you so much.”

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Here is the full speech:

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