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When the world lost EDM artist Avicii, the music industry was shocked and saddened. While other artists have honored Avicii in some way or another, the dedications by The Chainsmokers and Halsey touched everyone in the audience of the Billboard Music Awards. Earlier this year, it was announced that the artist had taken his own life because of the effects of mental illness. Mental illness is something that touches almost everyone in the world in some way or another, Halsey reminded the audience of the importance of providing support to everyone that they love when they are struggling.

The Chainsmokers and Halsey were presenting a Billboard Music Award to Luis Fonsi when they spoke about how inspiring Avicii was to the music community and the world as well as to them specifically. The loss of Avicii was very difficult for everyone that knew him as well as his fans due to the happiness that he spread to everyone that had the pleasure to be around him.

Later in the evening, The Chainsmokers honored Avicci once again by dedicating their Billboard Music Award to him. According to The Chainsmokers, he inspired them to believe in themselves that they could make it in EDM. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers are a DJ and producer duo that reached the top of the Billboard Charts. Along with their win at the Billboard Music Awards, they also received 5 iHeartRadio Music Awards and 2 American Music Awards.

Their audience consists of a lot of young adults who relate to their lyrics that are based on their experiences in life. While their music on their first album, Memories… Do Not Open touched on some rather serious subject matter for EDM, the songs on their newest albums take it a step or two further. Songs like Everybody Hates Me‘s lyrics hit hard with everyone that has ever felt paranoid and lonely even in the middle of the crowd. Mental illness and worries are a strong theme in the decidedly darker album.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/8280568/the-chainsmokers-everybody-hates-me-video