Linkin Park have been an institution in MTV's Musical March Madness tournament from the very beginning ... and though they've [article id="1659311"]competed hard[/article] each year, the #MMM title has eluded them.
But, as we get set to tip off the 2014 tournament on Monday, March 17, LP are determined to make this the year they finally reign supreme; and, like their brand-new single [article id="1723619"]"Guilty All The Same"[/article] suggests, they're recommitting to their roots to bring home the championship ... not to mention taking a few pointers from their [article id="1723475"]Carnivores[/article] tourmates — and [article id="1705327"]2013 MMM runners-up[/article] — Thirty Seconds To Mars.
"As usual you gotta have that strong defense," LP's Mike Shinoda told MTV News. "Thirty Seconds To Mars has a great chance of going all the way because those guys have a great coach, the staff is really strong. I think they spent their money wisely and they've put together a good little team."
"I do think with [article id="1723335"]Jared winning the Oscar[/article], it's a slam dunk for Thirty Seconds To Mars," Chester Bennington added.
Hey, if their pun game is any indication, 2014 may very well be Linkin Park's year — though we wouldn't count out fellow #MMM competitors [article id="1724117"]Tokio Hotel,[/article] [article id="1723876"]Imagine Dragons[/article] and [article id="1723952"]Fall Out Boy[/article] just yet. Of course, before they can win the 2014 tournament, they've got to make the cut.
And that's where you come in.
We'll be watching all week, and then, on Monday, March 17, we'll unveil the full bracket of 64 bands at MMM.mtv.com.
So, if you want to see Linkin Park come out on top, you better nominate them! Oh, and it probably wouldn't hurt to rally the troops, either; make sure to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, and check back in on Monday, March 17, when MMM 2014 officially tips off!