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As the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington he had undeniable talent and his distaste for being pigeonholed was well known; his legacy has been recognized by many artists.
He was born on March 20, 1976, the singer was only 41 years old when he committed suicide by hanging on July 20, 2017but his influence continues to permeate all areas of music, from rock to electronica and hip-hop.
The singer even credited Madonna as an influence, crediting the Queen of Pop for being one of the reasons he became a musician. As the leader of Linkin Park, Bennington himself was recognized as one of the best rock vocalists of his generation..
Bennington released six albums in nearly two decades with Linkin Park.from one of the best debut albums of all time, 2000’s “Hybrid Theory” to “One More Light” of 2017.
Much of the darkness that Bennington explored in his music dates back to his difficult childhood in Phoenix, Arizona. Around the age of seven, she became a victim of sexual abuse. When he was 11, his parents divorced and he moved in with his father, starting a long-term battle with substance abuse.
While working as an assistant at a digital services firm, Bennington finally got his foot in the door of the music industry when Jeff Blue, then VP of A&R at Zomba Music, suggested that fledgling rock group Xero send their demo to him. hopeful singer.
Changing their name first to Hybrid Theory and then to Linkin Park, the group knew they didn’t fit into the same category as their nu metal contemporaries Limp Bizkit, nor did they try. But while Bennington made rapid progress along with the group’s other vocalist, Mike Shinoda, the group initially had trouble securing a record deal. With Jeff Blue now an executive at Warner Bros, however, their former ally brought them into the label to “Hybrid Theory,” which ended up moving ten million copies to become the best-selling album since Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 debut Appetite For Destruction.
Linkin Park’s belief in creating their own sound had paid off, eventually earning them five US No. 1 albums, each new record expanded on the group’s pioneering fusion of heavy metal and hip-hop.
Linkin Park has always had the stats to back up its success: they were the first rock band to achieve over a billion views on YouTube and, at one point, they were the most liked group on Facebook.
The group also won a number of awards for their music.starting with Billboard’s Modern Rock Artist of the Year in 2001. The hard-hitting crawling of “Hybrid Theory” earned them their first Grammy, for Best Hard Rock Performance, the following year, while their collaboration with Jay- Z on Numb/Encore earned them their second, in 2005, for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Bennington’s last show with the group was on July 6, 2017.at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.