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Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Pays Tribute to Chris Cornell at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons speaks onstage in tribute to late singer Chris Cornell during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas.
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Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons speaks onstage in tribute to late singer Chris Cornell during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas. 

Following a hard-hitting performance with his band Imagine Dragons, member Dan Reynolds came back to the stage with a more somber message.

He told the audience that while the night is a celebration, it was also important to take a moment and remember the legendary Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog -- Cornell died on May 17. Reynold's referenced not only how Cornell helped shape the genre of grunge rock but also his lasting influence on the music industry as a whole. 

On the verge of tears, Reynolds asked for a moment of silence as a photo of Cornell filled television screens at home and the monitors in the venue.

Watch the tribute below.