The duo performed “Down” alongside vocalist Joi, whose soulful chorus took on an even deeper meaning in light of the Bennington tribute. “I know a few people pray for my demise, y’all,” she sang. “But like cream, I had to rise/ I had to rise, y’all.”
Rapper Trina joined the group for a frenetic take on “Panther Like a Panther,” another highlight from the acclaimed Run the Jewels 3.
Stone Temple Pilots, whom Bennington fronted from 2013 to 2015, expressed their grief on their website, writing, “A beacon of light and hope is what you will always be to us. We love you Chester. We will miss you.”
Bennington’s Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda tweeted that he’s “shocked and heartbroken,” adding that an official statement from the band “will come out as soon as we have one.”