Award season is always a time when those who have been lost from a certain industry are remembered by their peers. At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, electronic dance music duo The Chainsmokers led tributes to the late Swedish DJ, Avicii who died on April 20, 2018, in an apparent suicide. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers took to the stage alongside their oft-collaborator, Halsey to present the Top Hot 100 Song to Luis Fonsi and took a few moments to remember the electronic dance music pioneer.
The award ceremony at the Las Vegas Grand Garden Arena was the first time many of the industry had assembled since the death of the Swedish DJ whose real name was Tim Bergling. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart stressed the need to remember the good work of the DJ before a room filled with their peers while Halsey made a point of the joy the DJ brought to his fellow musicians and his fans around the world. The Chainsmokers made a point of thanking Avicii when they picked up the award for the Best Electronic Dance Music Act for 2018 and dedicated their win to his memory. Andrew Taggart expressed his feelings by stating Avicii showed his fellow electronic dance music fans a career could be created from music.
The Chainsmokers have recently returned to the music scene after a short hiatus during which allowed them to develop a live sound featuring a full band for the first time. Rising to fame in 2014 with the release of their debut single, “#Selfie” before releasing their debut album, “Memories… Do Not Open” in 2017. The duo began their career as DJs in New York City and have continued to develop their skills as DJs with a residency at the Las Vegas nightclub, XS. The release of their “SickBoy EP“ included a single release each month to continue their impressive rise to prominence.