The passing of Avicii shocked fans from around the world. The producer and DJ from Sweden reportedly committed suicide this year after years of struggling with mental illness. At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, singer Halsey and The Chainsmokers honored Avicii and his life in front of the entire audience of the award ceremony. After telling the thousands of people in attendance at the Grand Garden Area about how Avicii inspired The Chainsmokers and the entire EDM community, they presented Luis Fonsi with the Top Hot 100 Song award for “Despacito”. Halsey spoke about what a joy Avicii was to work with and be around according to those who knew the artist.
The Chainsmokers and Halsey believe it is very important to be there for their loved ones that are struggling with any type of mental illness. The tragedy of losing someone so young and talented was painful for the music world. When The Chainsmokers were presented with the Top Dance/Electronic act award, they mentioned Avicii again and dedicated the award to the late artist. The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall and Drew Taggart spoke about how his work in the industry helped them to believe in themselves enough to pursue their career. He heavily influenced the world of pop music and he will be deeply missed.
Avicii passed away at only 28 years old. The music the artist did not release may still end up being released according to Geffen Records. The Chainsmokers speak about depression and other mental illnesses in many of their songs. For example, their song “Everyone Hates Me” touches on the feelings of isolation and paranoia that can take over when you are a well-known celebrity or even an everyday person. In “Sick Boy”, Alex Pall and Taggart talk about society’s absolute obsession with social media and how it can cause people to have an identity crisis if they put all of their value into it. They have released several new singles in the first part of 2018 and are expected to release their second album later this year.