They 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.”
Avicii took his own life on April 20 at the age of 28.
The Chainsmokers, an American DJ and production duo, later in the ceremony won the award for Top Dance/Electronic Act and mentioned Avicii when they accepted the prestigious award.
“We wanna dedicate this award to Avicii. … He is someone who made us believe that this is something we could do with our lives,” Taggart said.
Taggart said Avicii inspired many artists and had an influence on their music and pop music in general.
Alex Pall was born and raised in Westchester, New York and worked at an art gallery in Manhattan as his day job while working as a DJ by night when he met his manager Adam Alpert. He was then introduced to Drew Taggert and formed The Chainsmokers. Based in Los Angeles, Alex is a songwriter and pianist.
Drew Taggart grew up in Freeport, Maine. He studied music business at Syracuse University where he studied music business. A talented songwriter and producer, Drew lends his talents to other artists when he is not touring with Alex as The Chainsmokers.
The Chainsmokers hit the top 20 in several countries with their breakout hit, “#Selfie.” The duo’s first EP was released in October of 2015 and featured the song, “Roses,” which made the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. During the 59th Grammy Awards ceremony, the Chainsmokers took home a Grammy for Best Dance Recording for their first top-five single, “Don’t Let Me Down.”
The Chainsmokers are currently on tour and have performances scheduled in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Las Vegas, and even Japan.