The Chainsmokers and Halsey linked up at this 2018 Billboard Music Awards once again to present the award for Top Hot 100 Song. Halsey was featured on The Chainsmokers smash hit “Closer” which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, allowing all three to receive the same award the year prior.
Before presenting the award to Luis Fonsi, the duo and solo singer paid tribute to Avicii, the beloved Swedish DJ, Producer & Pioneer, who sadly took his own life on April 20 of this year. He was only 28 years young. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of the Chainsmokers described Avicii as an artist who inspired so many in the the EDM community.
No doubt, Avicii heavily influenced The Chainsmokers, since the late DJ blazed a trail for other dance & electronica DJs to aspire to have more creative freedom, and not being afraid to take risks in order to produce unique sounds while creating new waves in the music industry.
Being the trailblazing trendsetter that he was, it was no surprise when Avicii was nominated for Top Dance/Electronic Album in this past 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Even though he lost to the Chainsmokers who picked up the huge honor for their song “Memories… Do Not Open”, The Chainsmokers were gracious enough to give their award to Avicii in honor of his lifework.
Upon receiving this award Taggart stated that, “we want to dedicate this award to Avicii. …He is someone who made us believe that this is something we could do with our lives. Inspired all of us. Influenced our music and influenced pop music in general. He will be missed and I hope he has found peace.”
Being greatly talented themselves, The Chainsmokers started out 2018 racking up accolades like no other, especially with “Closer” reaching two billion views on YouTube and their second single reaching one billion in Spotify streams. But it is the fact that the duo dedicated their win to Avicii which shows just how much he inspired musicians & artist to transcend traditional boundaries established around the sounds of music.