The 2018 Billboard Awards were aired live Sunday night. The Chainsmokers; Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, were among the many presenters. Alex and Drew took the opportunity while presenting the Award for Top Hot 100 Song of 2018, with singer and songwriter Halsey, to honor Avicii, who recently passed away after suffering from longtime mental health issues. Avicii was adored by many music fans and those who are in the music industry; however, Alex and Drew shared a special bond with the Swedish DJ and music producer.
Before Alex, Drew and Halsey presented the award to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito,” the three of them took the opportunity to share a few words with the 12,000 audience members and millions of viewers by television. Clearly emotional, Drew started the brief tribute by stating, “Avicii was an artist who inspired so many in so many ways and meant so much to us and the EDM community.” Halsey added, “Everyone who worked with him would say that he was such a joy…It’s a reminder to all of us to be there and support and love our friends and family members who may be struggling with mental illness.”
Alex and Drew took another moment later in the night to pay tribute to Avicii when the duo won the Top Dance/Electronic Award. “We want to dedicate this award to Avicii. He is someone who made us believe that this is something we could do with our lives. [He] inspired all of us, influenced our music and influence pop music in general. He will be missed, and I hope he’s found peace,” stated Drew.
Alex and Drew formed The Chainsmokers in 2012 after both met while Drew was attending college and Alex was interning for Interscope Records. Their EDM style has made the group hugely popular among fans and often crosses over into pop music. The duo released their first single “#Selfie” for free in 2013 and performed their first live performance in 2014. Their second hit single has received over one billion listeners on Spotify. The Chainsmokers are the first-ever group to be recognized for the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Award.
In March, The Chainsmokers debuted their latest single release of “Memories…Do Not Open,” which is titled “Everybody Hates Me.” The single was released during a live performance in Prague.