Things didn’t go smoothly behind the scenes after Linkin Park delivered its heartwarming acceptance speech for “Favorite Alternative Rock Artist” at the 2017 American Music Awards on Nov. 19.
As it turns out, there was a mix-up backstage before and after Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon accepted the award.
Shinoda posted several humorous Instagram Stories online showing how they dodged security as they stealthily entered the 2017 AMAs with no proper credentials for the red carpet event, according to Rock Feed.
It was rather surprising considering that the band was nominated for the award. They were even given temporary badges at the event.
After the award, Shinoda’s social media post briefly showed him having an argument and pleading to the security of the event and a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer. Surprisingly, the officer does not know who the band is. The group was eventually removed from the premises and were asked not to return to the venue.
Shinoda, in his acceptance speech at the 2017 AMAs, paid tribute to the band’s fallen frontman Chester Bennington, who was found dead in his home at the Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles, California in July.
“First of all, thank you so much to all the fans here and around the world who voted for the band, who have supported the band through thick and thin,” the co-founder and singer of the band said.
He later mentioned the other two nominees in the category in his speech, Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots.
“I got a chance to talk to those guys … who said really wonderful things about Chester,” Shinoda continued. “And they were similar to the things that our fans said all around the world about him, and we want to dedicate this award to him, to his memory, to his talent, to his sense of humor, to his joy.”
“Remember, you guys — all of you, tonight — whether you’re a fan or an artist, I want you guys to take a moment to appreciate what you’ve got and make Chester proud. Thank you guys so much,” the 40-year-old artist concluded.
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