After what can only be described as a tumultuous year for Linkin Park, it seemed as if last night’s American Music Awards would be the real saving grace of a very difficult few months for the band.
At the awards show, the band won the awards for Favourite Alternative Rock Artist, and gave a rather moving acceptance speech, in which Mike Shinoda dedicated the award to their former frontman Chester Bennington, who passed away in July. You can watch their acceptance speech below:
— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 20, 2017
What should have been an evening of relaxation and happiness however, took a bit of a turn when the band went backstage. It seems that there was some kind of mixup with credentials, as security wouldn’t allow the band backstage, and eventually the band were removed from the venue by the police.
It’s unsure as to how this happened, particularly with the band’s legendary global status, and not to mention the award they were carrying around with them, but as much as it may sound like a comedy sketch, it did happen. The band, who in fairness were very calm about the whole situation, recorded it over several posts on Instagram stories and such, which Rock Feed kindly compilated into a video which you can watch here:
Props to Linkin Park for handling the situation in such good humour, repeatedly claiming they were indeed ‘dodging security’ on their social media platforms. If anything, their reaction proved why they won the award to begin with.