Toni Cornell is the 12-year-old daughter of singer Chris Cornell, who died tragically at the age of 52 earlier this year.
This morning, Toni performed a heartbreakingly beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with One Republic as a tribute to her late father and to his dear friend Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who died on July 20.
Linkin Park was actually slated to perform today as part of GMA‘s Summer Concert series, before Bennington’s unexpected death. One Republic took a break from their current tour to step in and pay tribute to both Bennington and Cornell.
One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder explained the significance of singing “Hallelujah” for this tribute.
Chester sang this at Chris’ funeral, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years. It’s a very special song to us, and I think to most people and especially to Toni [Cornell] as well.
Toni said, “It’s an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them.”