Jared Leto carved out a few moments at the 2017 MTV VMAs to celebrate “two artists that I had the absolute pleasure of touring with." The artists in question were the late Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, who both took their lives early this year.
Discussing Bennington, Leto stated, “When I think about Chester, I see his face, which was always smiling. I think about his heart, which he wore on his sleeve. I think about how kindly he treated [my band Thirty Seconds to Mars]. I think about his wife and how incredibly he treated his six children.”
He later beckoned the seated audience to its feet for a moment of encouragement: “Reach out, share your thoughts, do not give up...There is always a way forward. The biggest breakthroughs in life lie just beyond the darkest days.”
A clip of Linkin Park’s 2010 VMA performance of their song “The Catalyst,” shot at Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory, was also played. Check out Leto's special VMA tribute above.