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Norah Jones Performs Haunting Cover Of 'Black Hole Sun' In Memory Of Chris Cornell

Where it was performed has a special meaning, too.

Norah Jones took a few minutes out of her set last night, May 22, at Detroit's Fox Theatre to pay tribute to famed musician Chris Cornell. The 38-year-old performed a haunting solo rendition of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" on the piano that's sure to give you goosebumps.

So far all we have of the cover is a fan-filmed video that was taken pretty far away from the stage — but we don't need to see Jones to hear her voice fill up the space. She gives us an emotion-filled performance that takes the classic song and breathes new life into it.

What makes this moment even more special is the fact that this was the venue where Cornell and the rest of Soundgarden performed less than a week ago, on May 17. It was the grunge band's final show as Cornell was found dead the next morning on May 18. His death has been ruled a suicide.

Upon finishing, the audience rightly gave Jones a standing ovation. "Everybody needs a little love, right?" Jones said, per Billboard, then addressing Cornell without mentioning the Seattle rocker, who died at the age of 52, by name. "Thanks for giving us a lot of love. We love you."

Cornell, who was also the frontman for Audioslave and is known for his songwriting abilities, his four-octave vocal range, and his philanthropy, will be laid to rest this Friday in a funeral at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It's abundantly clear that Cornell is missed and was beloved by many.


Watch Jones cover the Soundgarden song in memory of Cornell here:

Cover image via @FoxTheatreDet / Twitter

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