Linkin Park has won the favorite alternative rock artist award at the recent 2017 America Music Awards in Los Angeles and paid tribute to frontman Chester Bennington. Three members of the band were there to accept the award: co-founder and singer Mike Shinoda, drummer Rob Bourdon, and Guitarist Brad Delson.
“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,” Shinoda said as the three of them took to the stage to accept the award, People reported. He then continued to acknowledge the other nominees in the category, Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots.
“I got a chance to talk to those guys … who said really wonderful things about Chester. 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,” the 40-year-old artist added.
“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,” he said as he concludes his acceptance speech.
Linkin Park’s co-founder, Bennington, was found dead at his home in the Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles, California in July – a couple of months after his friend, Chris Cornell, passes way. Authorities later pronounced the 41-year-old singer, who had previously struggled with substance abuse and depression, died of suicide by hanging.
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