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.
Throughout the past few decades, the way we consume information has largely remained static and programmatic. Television and Newspaper giants had reigned supreme as sources of information, mostly because they were the only place you could get any information (even if some of it didn’t catch your interest). But that reign was challenged in the late 90s with the birth of the internet, and in 2005 the creation of Youtube would prove to be disruptive on a whole other level.
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