Over the years, The Chainsmokers have touched a lot of their fans lives. This year especially, many of their new releases have a much darker tone and discuss problems in celebrity culture like mental health. Earlier in 2018 when EDM artist Avicii chose to take his own life, his death sent ripples of grief to all his fans, loved ones, and the music industry in general. The Chainsmokers took the opportunity at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards to take a moment when they were presenting one of the awards of the evening.
Alongside the musical artist Halsey who was featured in their hit “Closer”, The Chainsmokers talked about the inspiration that Avicii had provided to both themselves and electronic dance artists across the world. Mental illness can affect anyone no matter who they are or where they are from. This is why Halsey insists it is so important to reach out to your loved ones who are going through a hard time mentally.
Later in the evening, The Chainsmokers took the time to speak about Avicii once again as they accepted the award for best dance/electronic artist. All of the nominees of that evening had been inspired by the work of Avicii in one way or another according to The Chainsmokers and they should all be grateful for the effort he made in the music industry. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart dedicated their award to Avicii due to the inspiration he had provided to the duo.
2018 has been a huge year for the Chainsmokers so far with the pending release of a new album. This new album will be a followup to Memories… Do Not Open that was released by the duo in 2016 which then went platinum. The Chainsmokers also topped the Dance 100 list from Billboard this year. This list was only very recently introduced and The Chainsmokers are the first duo to ever receive the recognition. The Dance 100 is powered only by data and encompasses a lot of diverse talents in the electronic dance music industry.