Video: Chris Cornell Performs At The CMT Artists Of The Year Awards 2014

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman/guitarist Chris Cornell  joined country artist Jason Aldean for a rendition of “Just Gettin’ Started” at the beginning of last night’s Artist Of The Year Awards on Country Music Television. The show was broadcast live from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

“When we heard he was going to be here, I started trying to figure out a way to get him on stage with us,” Aldean said of Cornell.

The awards show was dedicated to singer Luke Bryan, who was forced to cancel his appearance upon learning his brother-in-law had passed.

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Last night was not the first indication Cornell and the Soundgarden camp had crossover appeal with country music, as Johnny Cash released a popular cover of “Rusty Cage” off of Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger on his 1996 album, Unchained. Cornell’s music video for “Part Of Me” was also oddly country influenced.

Aldean may not be the only collaboration between Cornell and another famous musician for the foreseeable future; last month, Chris Cornell and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page held a public ‘In Conversation’ last night in Los Angeles, and at the conversation, a fan in attendance told that Jimmy Page strongly hinted at a collaboration between the two iconic musicians. A fan shouted to Page and Cornell that they should do a song together, Page responded by saying that they’ll be doing that in 2015, and then he hugged Cornell. Page also said it was top secret. There has been no confirmation yet from the Page or Cornell camps, so obviously take this with a grain of salt.

  • Jon Christopher

    Geez. This is a huge part of what’s wrong with music now and Cornell and Grohl are lending their name to this horsesh*t. Based on the last Soundgarden and Foos studio albums they need to go hang out with some real artists instead of some hillbilly cliche’s.

  • Tina

    What’s so wrong with branching out once in a while? Sometimes EVERYONE needs a bit of fresh air, so to speak. How boring it would be to have to do the same thing over and over and over…….. My only complaint about CC’s performance …. I couldn’t hear him. I don’t know if his microphone wasn’t turned up or what. But I did enjoy seeing him on stage with Jason Aldean. I don’t listen to country music as a rule. I will say, country music today has more of a rock flavor to it and is much easier for me to listen to when my daughter has it on in the car.

  • Paul Corrigan

    I’m against this lame crossover stuff just for promotion but if you’re going to do it- that’s the best? Was Cornell’s microphone even on? At least let his sing a verse. Or a guitar solo. He flies in for that? That was an insult to him AND his fans. A glorified backup singer?

  • TalksAboutThings

    No problem at all with crossover stuff when its with the right artist. But this is soul crushing. “Florida Georgia Jason Luke Aldean Bryan Line” is in the 7th ring of musical hell. Thank God his mic wasn’t on. Maybe people will forget this happened since no one could hear him.

  • God

    Chris Cornell makes bad choices! John Cash is a legend……this is pure shit

    • Boom

      The Johnny cash do the cover of the Rusty Cage that is cool. The Cornell at a country awards show is the pure shit as the God say. The God, nice reference line, Boom no mind.

      Boom out!!