The 2018 Billboard Music Awards took place on May 20th, 2018. All of this years top artists in the music industry were in attendance; several artists were given the honor of presenting, and others won the prestigious awards that were given to the most deserving. However there was one seat in the audience that was sadly left empty. Earlier this year well known and respected DJ, Tom Bergling, DJ name Avicii, took his own life at the young age of 28. Avicii was a talented and beloved Swedish DJ and producer, and three artists who were given the honor of presenting awards took a special moment to remember his life.
Alex Pall along with his co-artist Andrew Taggart are the members of The Chainsmokers. While presenting an award alongside their friend Halsey, the EDM Djs told thousands of viewers at the awards ceremony that Avicii was “an artist who inspired so many in so may ways and meant so much to us and the EDM community.” Being an EDM DJ himself, Avicii helped mentor the Chainsmokers and was a guiding force in how they found their sound. Hip-hop artist Halsey was also deeply affected by the passing of Tim Bergling. According to her, everyone who came around Bergling felt nothing but joy which, according to her, made his passing all the more tragic and painful.
Later in the Evening the Chainsmokers won the coveted award for Top Dance/ Electronic Act. The pair took the stage to accept their award, and for the second time that night took time to honor their late friend. They knew Avicii struggled with depression during his time on earth, and though they were deeply saddened by the end of his life they expressed hope that he finally found peace. Once the pair accepted their award they dedicated it back to Bergling; saying that he was a man who made them believe they could make their dreams of being musicians a reality. The artist inspired many and influenced this generation of music, pop music particularly. Though he is missed, we all hope he rests in peace.