The late and beloved Swedish DJ Avicii was remembered during the Billboard Music Awards by the Chainsmokers and Halsey. While presenting the top 100 songs of 2018 to Luis Fonsi for Despacito, they spoke of Avicii and his music. The Chainsmokers spoke of how inspiring Avicii was to so many in the EDM and pop music genres. The singer Halsey said that the loss was made harder by Avicii being a joy to work with and to be around. She added that his death should remind us all to support our family and friends struggling with mental illness.
Later in the evening The Chainsmokers dedicated their award for the top dance/electronic act of 2018 to Avicii. In their acceptance speech the duo said that the late DJ inspired their music and pop music/EDM in general. The two men added that Avicii would be missed and that they hope he has found peace.
DJ Avicii -whose real name is Tim Bergling- committed suicide on April 20, 2018. His family announced his cause of death. The artist has also long struggled with health issues related to alcoholism. He was only 28 years old at the time of his death. The dis former record company Geffen Records announced some unreleased Avicii music may be made available in the future.
Another painful and notable moment of the Billboard music show brought attention to the school shooting in Sante Fe, Texas. Singer and Billboard Music Awards host Kelly Clarkson said she was supposed to tell the audience to have a moment of silence for the shooting victims. She declared instead that she was sick of the moments of silence. Kelly Clarkson asked for the audience to have a “moment of change” by actively thinking of ways to change the problem of gun violence in this country.