Chris Cornell was posthumously awarded Human Rights Watch’s inaugural Promise Award at a Los Angeles gala Tuesday, with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron and Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell on hand to honor the late singer.
“We’re here tonight to honor a compassionate, just and gentle human being who I had the great pleasure to call my friend, Chris Cornell,” Tankian said. “His voice was always honest, caring and real. It’s difficult to successfully lie through art. The man himself was always honest, caring and real.”