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Chris Cornell to receive inaugural Promise Award for humanitarian work

Rocker Chris Cornell is to be posthumously honoured with the inaugural Promise Award by officials at the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch.
The Soundgarden frontman will be recognised for his efforts to raise awareness about the plight of refugees after writing the song The Promise for the Christian Bale drama of the same name earlier this year (16).
The tune drew attention to the Armenian Genocide, which took place from 1915 to 1917, when authorities in the Ottoman Empire conducted the systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians.
Organisation officials reveal the new Promise Award will be presented to the artists behind “an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way,” with Cornell serving as the first recipient of the accolade.
System of a Down rocker Serj Tankian, who is of Armenian descent and also worked on the soundtrack for The Promise, will be in attendance at the Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner to salute Cornell’s work on 14 November (17).
Following Cornell’s suicide in May (17), celebrity activists including Cher, Elton John, Pharrell Williams, Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, and The Promise stars Bale and Oscar Isaac pledged to continue his legacy with refugee advocacy by taking part in a campaign video.

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