Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda and Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park at the 2017 American Music Awards

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Linkin Park Booted from AMAs After Winning Best Alternative Artist

By: Hayden Wright

November 21, 2017

One of the 2017 American Music Awards’ highlights came when Linkin Park received the award for Favorite Alternative Artist. Current members (led by Mike Shinoda) gave a touching tribute to their late bandmate Chester Bennington, who took his own life in July.

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Despite winning an award, the band had trouble navigating the event—apparently, their credentials were insufficient to get them onto the red carpet. Shinoda documented the confusion via his Instagram story, which depicted frustrating conversations with people in suits.

“They’re deciding whether or not to kick us out,” Shinoda wrote.

Linkin Park obtained a temporary pass and watched performances by Imagine Dragons, Khalid, Christina Aguilera, and more … then they won their award.

After exiting the protected area with their temporary passes (and their newly minted AMA statuette) Linkin Park tried to reenter the ceremony and were rejected. However, Shinoda and company were good sports about the setback and left with their award in tow.

Watch clips from the mix-up here: