Chainsmokers and Halsey honor Avicii at Billboard Music Awards

Avicii, the beloved Swedish DJ and producer, was honored at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night by The Chainsmokers and Halsey.

Before presenting the award for Top Hot 100 Song of 2018 to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito,” the Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall and Drew Taggart told the thousands gathered at Las Vegas’ Grand Garden Arena that Avicii was “an artist who inspired so many in so many ways and meant so much to us and the EDM community.”

Added Halsey:  “Everyone who worked with him would say that he was such a joy and that makes this tragedy all the more painful. It’s a reminder to all of us to be there and support and love our friends and family members who may be struggling with mental illness.”

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Avicii through his career
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DJ Avicii spins at Marquee on June 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 01: In this handout photo provided by (RED) Avicii poses backstage for DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES during Stereosonic 2012 at Melbourne Showgrounds on December 1, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kane Hibberd/(RED) via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: DJ Avicii performs during mPowering Action, a global mobile youth movement at Grammy Week launch, featuring performances by Timbaland and Avicii at The Conga Room at L.A. Live on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Tribal Brands)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Avicii performs at the MLB Fan Cave on October 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20: Tim Bergling attends a basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27: General views outside Avicii Hotel where Avicii was scheduled to perform but cancelled last minute and was reportedly taken to the hopsital at SLS South Beach on March 27, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 17: Tim Bergling aka Avicii performs during the 2012 Buku Music + Art Project at Mardi Gras World on March 17, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27: Tim Bergling aka DJ Avicii backstage during Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park Amphitheater on March 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/FilmMagic)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Tim Bergling aka Avicii attends the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: DJ Avicii poses with TJX Rewards (R) Platinum MasterCard Card holders at the MasterCard Lounge at Westwood One Backstage on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MasterCard)
Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer and singer Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name 'Avicii' performs at the Sziget music festival on the Hajogyar Island of Budapest on August 14, 2015. This cultural event takes place on an island in the middle of the Danube river, in the heart of Budapest. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Avicii attends the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium on June 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
IRVINE, CA - MAY 31: Avicii performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: DJ Avicii backstage at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. iHeartRadio Music Awards are being broadcast live on NBC. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Recording artist Avicii accepts the Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist award onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
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Avicii died on April 20 at the age of 28. His family later revealed that he took his own life. Unreleased music by Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, may still be released, according to the president of the late star’s label, Geffen Records.

At the top of the show, BBMAs host Kelly Clarkson took an opportunity to remember Friday’s school shooting in Texas. Said “The Voice” coach: “I’m so sick of moments of silence — why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what’s happening?”

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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Red carpet arrivals
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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Red carpet arrivals
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