Avicii fans slam VMAs 2018 for overlooking the late swedish DJ

Avicii died just four months ago, but the musician was barely acknowledged at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, and his fans are lighting up Twitter with their frustration over the slight.

The Swedish DJ passed away on April 20 at age 28, his publicist confirmed in a statement to Us Weekly at the time. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement read. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated, and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

But during the VMAs broadcast on Monday, August 20, MTV didn’t air any tribute to Avicii, nor was his win for Best Dance televised: He and Rita Orawon the category for their collocation on “Lonely Together.”

In fact, it wasn’t until Ora, 27, took the stage that the late musician was mentioned at all. “I just found out that Avicii and I just won Best Dance, so please just make some noise for Avicii right now,” she said. “Amazing talent!”

The oversight didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter. “Someone should’ve said something about Avicii,” tweeted one viewerOpens a New Window..

“Damn they couldn’t at least do a moment of silence for Avicii?” asked anotherOpens a New Window..


Meanwhile, MTV’s treatment of another late musician sparked controversy, too. Twitter users lambasted Madonna’s tribute to Aretha Franklin after the 60-year-old pop star shared anecdotes of her own struggles while presumably honoring Franklin, who died on August 16 at the age of 76.

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“Come on babe, don’t give up on us. Choose me, and I’ll show you love.” Those are lyrics from a song Tim wrote for me. I wish I could have lived up to them. For the two years we were together, he was my closest confidante, and my best friend. Now I can’t look at Bear without knowing I’ll never see his face again. I’m still collecting my thoughts and thank you for all your kind words and texts. Wake me up when it’s all over, because I don’t want it to be real 💔 #ripavicii #avicii @avicii
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My hear… https://t.co/v4kho3FXmq
I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talk… https://t.co/FGgZg33Pj0
I was just told my dear friend Tim @avicii just passed away. Please let this be a hoax. If not #RIPAVICII one of the best natural melody...
Devastated hearing the sad news of @Avicii passing. 😭 Such a sweet soul with a big heart & incredible talent. So many amazing memories together. My thoughts & prayers are with his family. Rest In Peace my friend🙏
RIP Tim. You were a brilliant composer and a gentle spirit. Fond memories of creating music w @Avicii and… https://t.co/GPptw0J2yQ
No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away....💔 Thoughts go out to his family and friends...
Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x
can't really describe in words how sad I feel right now.. thank you for inspiring me and millions others. RIP @avicii 😔❤️
Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to young ... what a talent he was. rest in peace x
Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions co… https://t.co/FI6xkj6lqL
No @Avicii ... I can’t even begin to comprehend this. I adore you and I loved traveling and touring Europe with you… https://t.co/bwyZxLavRb
I cannot express enough that @Avicii revolutionized dance music, and effortlessly. An unparalleled writer and one o… https://t.co/1dF12uB1Sr
devastated at the news of @Avicii passing. working with him was one of my favorite collaborative moments. far too y… https://t.co/Sx6KqafXsm
. @Avicii was talented and kind, and I was genuinely excited to see what would come next from him. His future most… https://t.co/zuSgn39WBZ
Damn Dude RIP #Avicii 🙏🏽
At a loss for words...Rest easy brother 😪 @Avicii
Avicii contributed incredible art to this world. devastated to hear about this. Rest In Peace. X
I am shocked. RIP @Avicii
I am both shocked and horrified at this news... RIP Avicii - What a loss for this world. https://t.co/U2VgghW1FM
Damn this is such terrible news. Such an an inspiration to so many including myself. May you Rest In Paradise #ripavicii 🙏❤️
RIP Avicii. I have so many great memories to his music.
No words... May you rest in peace legend 💔 @Avicii
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii :( Banter aside, nobody… https://t.co/fOtDIs9Iem
Rest in peace, Avicii. We lost a legend.
oh no, Avicii :( He made such a massive mark on the world at such a young age. I feel so sad for his family and friends.
RIP @Avicii you will be insanely missed...my deepest condolences to his family.
Rest In Peace @Avicii - u inspired some of my writing and I’m sure thousands of others, u will be missed
my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii :( Banter aside, nobody… https://t.co/fOtDIs9Iem

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