The 2018 Billboard Awards were held on Sunday. The ceremony was held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel in the Garden Arena. There were almost 13,000 audience members, including many fans of Avicii and many of his collaborators.
The Chainsmokers; Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, were among those fans and collaborators. They were also among the presenters. The other presenters included T.I., Rebel Wilson, Halsey, Ciara, Ne-Yo, Simon Cowell, Tyra Banks, Mila Kunis, Darren Criss, Derek Hough, Padma Lakshmi, Evan Ross, Ashlee Simpson, French Montana, Nick Jonas, and many more. The ceremony was hosted by Kelly Clarkson.
When Alex and Drew were called to the stage to present the award for Top Hot 100 Song of 2018 to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito,” they took a pause alongside Halsey to speak to the audience about their special friend and music producer, Avicii. Drew began by recognizing Avicii for inspiring the Chainsmokers for continuing to find their niche in the EDM music genre. “[Avicii] was an artist who inspired so many in so many ways and meant so much to us and the EDM community,” said Drew. As Hasley stood between the two of them, she stated, “Everyone who worked with [Avicii] would say that he was such a joy.” All three of the artists have collaborated with Avicii, and he made an indelible mark on their lives.
Avicii died on April 20, 2018. According to his family, he took his own life after suffering for many years with a mental health condition. He would have turned 29 on September 8, 2018. The president of Geffen Records has not disclosed the details of any unreleased music by Avicii, which will be sorely missed by many adoring fans.
The Chainsmokers also won a Billboard Award for Top Dance/Electronic, which marked the first-time for the category. Alex and Drew used the spotlight to share the award with Avicii. During the acceptance speech, Drew dedicated the award to Avicii and stated that it was their hope that he has found peace.
In March, the Chainsmokers released the single “Everybody Hates Me,” during a live performance in Prague. The single was officially released on March 16. The group has received two American Music Awards and five iHeartMusic Awards.