The Chainsmokers, along with Halsey, was present at last Sunday’s Billboard Music Award and used the opportunity to honor the popular DJ and producer from Sweden, Avicci.
The trio was onstage to present Luis Fonsi the award for Top 100 Hot Song for the year Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the duo that comprises The Chainsmokers, told the thousands of people that were in the building at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas how much Avicci had influenced their careers and spoke of the contributions Avicci has made to the electronic dance community.
The 28-year-old Avicci lost his life recently by his own hand after years of battling both health and emotional issues.
Halsey added to the narrative of the Chainsmokers by adding that all who have worked with Avicci were afforded a joy that they will never forget. She went on to say that his kind spirit makes the horror of his demise all the more painful and urges friends and families of individuals suffering from mental illness to love and support them.
The Chainsmokers mentioned Avicci again when picking up their own award for top Dance/Electronic Act. Taggart dedicated the victory to Avicci and credited the deceased musician with providing a spark that caused him and partner Pall to believe their dreams were within their reach.
Avicci is the stage name for Tim Bergling and the artist was pronounced dead on May 20. The president of Geffen Records, the music label that represented Avicci says that it does possess unreleased music from the artist but is not sure if or when it will be released.
Another tribute also took place at the beginning of the Billboard Music Awards. This time to the victims of the recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. The host of the show, Kelly Clarkson, made the emotional proclamation that she has grown tired of the many moments of silences that indicate another tragedy has taken place. Clarkson, who is also a coach on the hit TV show “The Voice” says that it is now time for a “moment of change” instead.