BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Soundgarden is an American rock band that sprouted out of Seattle, Washington in the early nineties, and arguably became the first grunge band to sign to a major label, that is to say, A&M Records. Soundgarden won "Best Hard Rock Performance" for "Black Hole Sun" and "Best Metal Performance" for "Spoonman" at the 37th annual Grammy Awards in 1994. The American rock band released five albums and disbanded in April of 1997, which lead to Chris Cornell, the lead vocalist of Soundgarden, to release a solo album titled Euphoria Morning in 1999. Around 2001, Cornell began working with Rage Against The Machine band members Brad Wilk, drummer, Tim Commerford, backing vocalist, and Tom Morello, the lead guitarist, to form Audioslave, a superior rock band. In 2010, Soundgarden resurfaced. Unfortunately, on May 18, 2017, Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging.
An endowed fund of more than $1 million has been created by Vicki Cornell, the wife of Soundgargen and Aduioslave's lead vocalist Chris Cornell, to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law. “This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.
UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin said, “Vicky Cornell and all the people paying tribute to Chris Cornell’s tremendous legacy are helping to ensure that the law school will extend and strengthen its commitment to our students and to the pursuit of justice. Through the work of the Promise Institute and the scholarships that this fund will support, Chris Cornell’s influence will be felt at UCLA Law and beyond for generations to come.”
Said Vicky Cornell, "My husband and I agreed that given the opportunity of education, people have the power to change the world. UCLA School of Law is an institution known for its academic excellence and we are proud to provide funding through the Chris Cornell Scholarship for future students and future leaders of the world."
Shawn W. Anderson