Thousands gathered at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to attend the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month and it was impossible to ignore the absence of a celebrated artist.
The death of Swedish producer and DJ, Tim Bergling, better known in the EDM scene as the artist Avicii, is a tragedy that’s still affecting the music community and the Chainsmokers made sure they paid their respects to a promising young star.
While appearing on stage with pop star Halsey to hand Luis Fonsi the Top Hot 100 Song award for “Despacito,” the Chainsmokers, made up of producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, spoke about Avicii’s contribution to EDM as a community and how his legacy will sand as an inspiration to others. Halsey chimed in, urging those in attendance to reach out to loved ones suffering from mental illness like Avicii had.
When the Chainsmokers took the stage again, awarded for being the Top Dance/Electronic act, Taggart dedicated their win to Avicii’s memory for inspiring and influencing their music, ending with the hope that the late artist is finally at peace.
After word of his death hit social media in late April, Avicii’s family formally announced that the 28-year-old had taken his own life.
Geffen Records have yet to make a final decision as to whether or not they will make any of Avicii’s unreleased music available to the public.
About The Chainsmokers:
The Chainsmokers is an American EDM duo that rose to critical fame in 2014 following the release of their hit single “#Selfie.” Before long their name ascended on the Billboard Charts with each subsequent release, and their single “Don’t Let Me Down” was awarded Best Dance Recording at the 59th Grammy Awards ceremony in 2017.
Members Alex Pall and Drew Taggart were introduced through their manager Adam Alpert which led to the formation of the Chainsmokers. Pall has worked as a song writer for various recording artists and is a classically trained pianist. Taggart has also written a number of songs for others and has produced a number of records outside of the duo.
Roc Nation is popular with music lovers across the globe; it is the talent company of choice for the big names in the music industry. The company’s success can be partly tied to Desiree Perez the Chief Operating Officer at the identity. Dez, as she is popularly known, is the invisible force behind the resounding success of Jay-Z, Rihanna, J Cole, Big Sean, Shakira, and other artists signed to Roc Nation.
Dez is associated with the many successes attained by Roc Nation. She is a tough negotiator and a shrewd decision maker, and her skills enabled the company to enter a $150 million deal with Live Nation in 2008. On expiry of the 2008 deal, Dez was in the team that sought another deal with Universal studios. Her presence in Roc Nation has been a blessing to artists like Rihanna whose tour was funded to a tune of $25 million. She is passionate about being resourceful in expanding the careers of women musicians, Rihanna’s team is delighted with having Dez as part of them to provide invaluable advice on business and finances.
Jay-Z is undoubtedly one artist that has benefitted from Dez’s expertise in the music industry. He founded Rock Nation in 2008, and since then, there has been no looking back as he transitioned from a rapper to a business mogul with Dez by his side. She is rumored to be part of Jay-Z’s inner circle tasked with delivering the best business decisions as well as taking part in negotiations. When Roc Nation ventured into sports talent management, Dez became a powerful force behind negotiating and signing contracts with prominent sports personalities such as Miguel Cotto Apart from Roc Nation, Dez was involved in Jay-Z’s other investments such as SC Enterprises. Desiree at Facebook.
Dez is married to Juan Perez, the head of Roc Nation Sports. The Perez’s have committed their time and efforts to making Roc Nation the world’s most renowned entertainment company. Dez wishes to see more women taking up leadership opportunities available in the music industry.
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