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Chris Cornell to receive inaugural Promise Award


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Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell will posthumously receive the inaugural Promise Award from the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch at its annual dinner on November 14th. Inspired by the film and song of the same name that depicted the atrocities committed against the Armenian people, the award recognizes an outstanding song, TV show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way.

  • Cornell will be awarded with the honor for the song “The Promise.” The award will be presented at The Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch annual dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m.
  • System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian will present the award. Tankian also served as the executive music consultant for The Promise and also contributed a song for the film’s soundtrack.
  • Tankian has worked for years to increase awareness of the Armenian genocide of 1918 and had said early recognition of it could have possibly prevented later atrocities like the Holocaust. “The impact of the West kind of looking away from it after knowing the truth has been huge, because, I mean, a lot of people believe through Hitler’s speeches that, he said something to the effect that who remembers the Armenians when he was starting with the persecution of the Jews in Poland and in Germany. And that’s huge. That’s such an important thing to consider historically.”
  • The film The Promise came out earlier this year. Cornell donated all proceeds from the title track to benefit refugees and children.
  • Cornell committed suicide at the age of 52 last May 18th in a Detroit hotel room, after completing a show that evening with Soundgarden.


SIDE NOTES: The Los Angeles Committee supports Human Rights Watch through outreach, advocacy and fundraising. It is part of a network of committees across 22 cities in East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. For over 25 years, the Committee has dedicated itself to broadening awareness of human rights issues throughout Southern California.


CHECK IT OUT: Watch Chris Cornell’s video for “The Promise”

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