The reviews for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were a bit mixed, but there were quite a few standout moments that got the internet buzzing. Pink's speech to her daughter while accepting the Vanguard Award touched hearts, while the debut of Taylor Swift's new music video got people talking about her latest transformation.
Along with explosive performances by Lorde, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Katy Perry, there was one other moment involving a loss to the music world that got the internet crying once again.
Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman and Academy Award-winning actor #JaredLeto took to the VMA stage before debuting his new single, "Walk on Water," to pay tribute to two iconic rock musicians whom we recently lost: Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, both Leto's friends. had this to say specifically the late Linkin Park vocalist:
"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 me, my brother, Tomo... our band [Thirty Seconds to Mars]. I think about his wife and how incredibly he treated his six children."
What started as a tribute to Cornell and Bennington quickly became a call to action about mental health. Leto wrapped things up with these words to viewers who may be struggling and experiencing darkness in their own lives:
"Reach out, share your thoughts, do not give up. And I promise you this, the absolute biggest breakthroughs in life lie just beyond the darkest days."
Just after Leto's speech, MTV aired a clip from Linkin Park's VMA performance that they delivered on top of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles back in 2010.
This wasn't the first time Leto publicly paid tribute to his late friends Cornell and Bennington. He previously dedicated the Thirty Seconds to Mars song "Alibi" to Bennington just days after his death while touring with Muse this past July, as well as dedicating "A Modern Myth" to both musicians at the band's 2017 Camp Mars festival in Malibu, California.
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