FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Chris Cornell plays guitar during a portrait session at The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, Calif. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, Daniel Platzman, from left, Ben McKee, Dan Reynolds, and Daniel Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons, winners of the BMI pop award for 'I Bet My Life' arrive at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Imagine Dragons will pay tribute to the late Chris Cornell in words at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Dick clark productions told The Associated Press on Friday, May 19 that the rock band will talk about how the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer influenced them before they hit the stage at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
AP Music Writer
Imagine Dragons will pay tribute to the late Chris Cornell in words at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.
A spokeswoman for the show's producers, dick clark productions, told The Associated Press on Friday that the rock band will talk about how the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer influenced them before they hit the stage at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Authorities say Cornell hanged himself early Thursday morning after performing at a concert Wednesday night in Detroit. Cornell's family said that without toxicology test results completed they don't know what caused his death.
Cornell was a leader of the grunge movement with Seattle-based Soundgarden, with whom he gained critical and commercial acclaim. He also found success outside the band with his solo music and the band Temple of the Dog.
The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific. Drake, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Celine Dion and others will also perform during the awards show.