Linkin Park dedicates award to late Chester Bennington
He is gone, but certainly not forgotten. Linkin Park took a moment to honor Chester Bennington at the American Music Awards 2017. The alternative rock group’s lead singer passed away in July this year, shocking his band members and their millions of fans who followed Bennington’s decades in the spotlight. They cancelled their tour in the wake of him committing suicide.
Upon accepting the honor for favorite Alternative Rock Artist, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson shared a heart warming message remembering Chester’s legacy.
They dedicated the award to him, to his memory, to his talent, to his sense of humor, to his joy.
Two months after his tragic passing, fans organized public memorials all around the world. Linkin Park shared an emotional montage video of the many candlelight vigils, tributes and balloon send offs that took place in places like Peru, Greece, Indonesia, Russia, Kazakhstan and beyond.
They’ve also championed mental health awareness like never before, and in late October, held a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Bennington’s memory. Linkin Park launched the Give to the One More Light Fund to support Bennington’s favorite Music for Relief program, Solar Suitcases, as well as individuals and families coping with mental and emotional struggles.