Avicii and victims of the Friday shooting Santa Fe High School were applauded at this year’s Billboard Awards, held in Las Vegas.
Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers paid tribute to Avicii, saying the DJ’s death was “a great loss for the music world, after picking up the Top Dance/Electronic Album award for “Memories…Do Not Open,” along with his partner, Alex Pall. Avicii died last month aged 28.
“He was an artist who inspired so many in so many ways and simply put he meant so much to us and so many in the EDM community,” said Andrew. Halsey who presented the award, added: “Everyone who worked with him would agree he was such a joy and it makes this tragedy all the more painful. And it’s a reminder to all of us to be there and to support and love all of our friends and family members who may be struggling with mental health issues.”
Our hearts go out to all the victims in the Santa Fe community and their families. ❤ pic.twitter.com/7ejLAd8nKk
— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 21, 2018
Singer Kelly Clarkson who hosted the ceremony, opened the show with a tribute to the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Ten people died after 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis allegedly opened fire on classmates. “I’m so sick of moments of silence. It’s not working,” Kelly said, adding “Why don’t we not do a moment of silence? Why don’t we do a moment of action? A moment of change?. “once again we are grieving for more kids that have died for just absolutely no reason at all.”
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School show choir later joined Shawn Mendes and Khalid on stage deliver a touching performance of the song “Youth,” which has the chorus: “You can’t take my youth away.” The choir are from the school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed in February. May their souls continue to rest in peace.
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