Vicky Cornell accepted the L.A. Chefs for Human Rights Hero Award on behalf of her late husband, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, earlier this week. Chris Cornell was honored at a fundraising event for Program for Torture Survivors (PTV) at the award-winning restaurant Cassia for his humanitarian efforts and his original song and music video “The Promise.”
“My husband loved to help people, especially children. He believed it was up to adults to never turn our backs on the most vulnerable and innocent members of our society,” said Vicky Cornell on the verge of tears, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cornell’s mother-in-law Toni Karayiannis wrote about her golden son receiving the award, and Vicky accepting on his behalf, in posts on Instagram.
“So happy tonight to see this ,a friend just send me!Her speech honoring her husband made ppl cry! So proud of ChrisCornell! And so proud of my baby! Keeping his legacy and his dream alive!I can’t be more proud for both!#chriscornell #vickycornell #loveyou”
“I received some messages from ppl telling me that her speech made everyone cry! This award tonight belongs to all of you as well! Chris as he always said owes it all to his fans you guys! So this belongs to u just as much! Let’s celebrate tonight all together for him ,for you ,for all of us ,as one family!To Chriscornell!!!!And to our huge love for him!!!!!!!❤️❤️❤️???”
“I post it twice????? ?I guess I’m too proud of my son! SIL ???I’m sorry maybe Chris sending us a message?? We love youChris your dream will be followed exactly as u wanted! Your instructions u left w us it’s all too clear! ?❤️?”
Watch a video clip below.