Well, This is Embarrassing. Linkin Park Almost Didn’t Get Their American Music Award Because They Had the Wrong Passes

You know what it’s like when you go to a big musical event. If you don’t have the right pass, right wristband or right ticket, you’re not getting in. No exceptions. We’ve all run into those hardass security types who will not budge because they have orders.  Plus terrorism and violence have event organizers so scared that security is tighter than ever.

Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park found this out the hard way at Sunday’s American Music Awards when they were told they didn’t have the right tickets. “No problem,” they were told. “You’re nominated in one of the categories [a category they’d win], so we’ll sort things out at the venue.”

Uh, no.

When they tried to walk the red carpet–a required gauntlet for nominees and celeb attendees–they were told that they were in the wrong place. Their tickets didn’t allow them access. Security started playing heavy, too, initially denying them to their (mistakenly) ticketed seats.

Things were eventually sorted out with some temporary passes and the band went on to win for Favourite Alternative Act, standing onstage and dedicating the award to Chester Bennington. But as the band tried to return to their seats–holding their American Music Award trophy–security denied them the chance to return to their seats and escorted them out of the building.

The whole thing was chronicled on Instagram for our amusement. Go here to see some screenshots of their ordeal.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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