During the Billboard Music Awards this past Sunday on May 20, 2018, the up-and-coming band, The Chainsmokers, along with music artist, Halsey, were given the honor of presenting the award for Top Hot 100 Song of 2018.
The Chainsmokers are an American DJ duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The pair found their big breakthrough in the music industry with their breakout song “Selfie” back in 2014. They continued rising in success with their song “Roses” and hit the charts with their latest hit, featuring Halsey, “Closer.” The smash hit broke the record for most weeks in hot 100’s top five. Due to their massive success, the Chainsmokers as well as Halsey, were asked to present an award to one deserving artist at the recent 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
The trio of singers took to the stage to present the winner of the Top Hot 100 Song of 2018. Before they announced the winner, who was Luis Fonsi for his song “Despacito,” the artists gave a moving tribute in honor of Avicii. Avicii was, as the Chainsmokers said, an EDM artist who influenced many and was a genuine joy to be around. He passed in April of 2018 of suspected suicide, and his joyfulness and kindness to others made his passing all the more tragic. Halsey chimed in to honor the man who recently passed by saying “Everyone who worked with him would say that he was such a joy and that makes this tragedy all the more painful. 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.”
Later in the evening, The Chainsmokers honored Avicii yet again. The now tragically deceased musician had such an impact on the duo and their style of music, that they dedicated an award to him. When called up to the stage for winning Top Dance/Electronic act, The Chainsmokers made a touching tribute and dedicated the award to Avicii, saying he is who made them believe that they could achieve their dreams.