The Chainsmokers and Halsey took some time at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards to honor Swedish DJ and music producer Avicii.
The Chainsmokers, made up of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, stood before an enormous crowd at Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night. When presenting the award for the Top Hot 100 Song of 2018, they spoke of how Avicii was “an artist who inspired so many in so many ways and meant so much to us and the EDM community.” Halsey went on to add he was a joy to work with and his loss makes this tragedy even more painful to many.
Later on during the show, the duo took the stage once again when accepting the award for Top Dance/Electronic act, with Taggart saying that the two of them wanted to dedicate the award to Avicii, who inspired them, influenced their music and all of pop music in general.
Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, tragically died on April 20 at the age of 28, with his family stating that he took his own life.
The Chainsmokers are a DJ and music production duo that formed in 2012, originally being made up of Alex Pall and DJ Rhett Bixler. Andrew Taggart later joined up with them and made their official debut performance in 2014 with the release of their breakout song “#Selfie.” The song became a hit on the Top 20 charts internationally.
By 2015, The Chainsmokers had signed with Disruptor Records and followed up with their initial hit when they released their singles “Good Intentions” and “Roses” later that year. The songs were featured on their debut EP album called “Bouquet,” which was released in the fall of 2015. Their first official album entitled “Memories…Do Not Open” debuted in 2017, reaching platinum status in the United States and made it to the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 charts.