The Chainsmokers to Honor Avicii at Billboard Awards

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.

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Lawrence Benders Contributions to Hollywood include Stark Raving Mad

Lawrence Bender, born October 17th, 1957, is a film producer. He was born in New York City but raised in New Jersey. In high school and college, he had plans to become a civil engineer, but after finding a passion for dance, he intended to become a danger. Ultimately an injury killed his dreams as a dancer, and he became a film producer.

His first job was in the television industry, working on the set as a grip for the 80s series, Tales from the Darkside. In 1989, he produced two full length films. He got his first big break in 1992, with the filming of Reservoir Dogs.

Since he first linked up with Quentin Tarantino, the two of them have produced classic after classic like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, and Jackie Brown. Lawrence Bender has also been successful on other films outside of Tarantino’s work like Good Will Hunting and An Inconvenient Truth.

Lawrence Bender has won several awards for his contributions towards film. His films have been nominated for almost 30 academy awards, winning six. He has also been awarded for his effort in philanthropy, earning the Torch of Liberty Award from the ACLU.

Lawrence Bender has also takes over the mantel of executive producer on occasion. One of the films executive produced by Bender is Stark Raving Mad starring Sean William Scott.

The plot of Stark Raving Mad takes place in a single night: the night of a bank heist. A nightclub owner has been tasked with making sure his nightclub is as loud as possible, providing auditory cover for the heist taking place at a nearby bank. Things don’t go exactly as planned. Two FBI agents, who were in the nightclub for unrelated reasons, eventually disrupt the heist.

The film also features Timm Sharp and Dave Foley.

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