TBT: Linkin Park’s EMA Debut

The hard rock band have been an EMA fave for over a decade…and frontman Chester Bennington hasn’t aged a day!

September 12, 2014
Linkin Park have been a fave of EMA fans since they first burst onto the rock scene: They earned a Best Rock nomination in 2001 for their massive international megahit debut album, 'Hybrid Theory'. But it wasn't until 2004 that the band first represented in-person on the EMA stage, when they won the award for Best Rock. In case you're really bad at math, that was 10 years ago. And frontman Bennington pretty much looks like he hasn't aged a day ever since.

No, but seriously. Here's Chester then, accepting the 2004 Best Rock EMA with bandmate Joe Hahn…

…and here he is in September 2014:

Sooo, maybe rocking hard keeps you forever young…or maybe there's a fountain of youth in this Park? Either way, the band are obviously still going strong—they won Best World Stage in 2013, and in 2014's EMA race, they added one apiece to their collection of Best Rock and Best World Stage nominations. For a band whose signature song is about trying hard but failing 'In the End', they've certainly achieved a lot—and Linkin Park show no sign of stopping! Wonder if Chester will look exactly the same at the 2024 MTV EMA, presenting the award for Best Saturn Act?

Check out Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda accepting the 2013 Best World Stage EMA in a special video message to fans during the backstage show: