Will Avicii and Chester Bennington win posthumous VMAs after their tragic deaths?

The last year has been tough when it comes to mental illness, which has claimed the lives of popular artists and creators including Chris Cornell, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and Margot Kidder. This year the MTV Video Music Awards could pay tribute to two artists who died by suicide since 2017: Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who was 41 when he lost his life last July, and electronic dance music artist Avicii, who was 28 when he died this past April.

Linkin Park is nominated for Best Rock Video for “One More Light.” It’s their eighth nomination in this category, tying Aerosmith for the most nominations ever. They have won it three times before, for “In the End” (2002), “Somewhere I Belong” (2003) and “Shadow of the Day” (2008), but they haven’t won any Moonmen in 10 years. The video for “One More Light” features past footage of Bennington performing, along with footage of the band over the years.

As of this writing “One More Light” ranks second in our VMA predictions with 27/10 odds, trailing “Whatever it Takes” by Imagine Dragons, who are nominated for the fourth time, but have yet to win. They also face past champs Fall Out Boy (“Champion”), Foo Fighters (“The Sky is a Neighborhood”), two-time past winners Thirty Seconds to Mars (“Walk on Water”) and past Rock Video nominees Panic! at the Disco (“Say Amen (Saturday Night)”).

Avicii is up for Best Dance Video for “Lonely Together” featuring Rita Ora. He was previously nominated in this category for “Le7els” (2012), and he has earned a total of six bids, but he never won a VMA during his life. In this category he ranks second in our predictions with 11/4 odds, behind two-time winner Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa for their collaboration “One Kiss” (21/20 odds). Fellow two-time winner Zedd is also among the nominees this year for “Get Low” with former One Direction member Liam Payne.

Might we be underestimating the support they’ll get from their fans? Last fall Linkin Park won Favorite Alternative Artist at the American Music Awards, which are also voted on by the public. Will VMA voters similarly want to pay tribute to the artists we’ve lost? Watch both nominated videos below.

Be sure to make your MTV Video Music Award predictions so that music executives and top name stars can see how they’re faring in our odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until winners are announced on August 20. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 VMAs taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our music forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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