At the start of the Billboard Music awards, famous singer and voice coach Kelly Clarkson opened up with a speech about the school shooting that recently happened in Texas. The school shooting left ten victims dead and another ten injured. Kelly opened up the awards with tears in her eyes and in her speech she said, “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?” The school wanted her to do a moment of silence but she insisted that she wanted a moment of change because we have had so many moment of silences, and it is time to take action.
Later on in the show The Chainsmokers along with singer, Halsey honored the late artist Avicii at the awards. Avicii was a big inspiration to the chainsmokers and so before they awarded the song “Despacito” they payed tribute to their late friend. Andrew and Alex said, “an artist who inspired so many in so many ways and meant so much to us and the EDM community.” and Halsey joined in and added that Avicii was a treasure to the music industry, and she went on to tell listeners that Avicii’s death should be an eye opener for others with family members or loved ones with mental health problems. She added the awareness of supporting loved ones who suffer with mental illness because unfortunately, Avicii took his own life back in April, and his death saddened the lives of millions.
The chainsmokers won an awards and dedicated it to Avicii. They stated that Avicii is the reason they were able to believe in their dreams, and that they hoped he found peace where he was at.