And the Billboard award for top dance/electronic artist went to … The Chainsmokers.
The dance music band comprised of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart had a big night on Wednesday, winning the Billboard Music Awards recognition over the late Avicii, DJ Snake, Illenium, and Marshmello.
Pall and Taggart have not broken their social media silence to comment on their award. The duo went on hiatus from Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on February 24 to focus on #TCS4, which means The Chainsmokers 4, their fourth studio album in the works. Released in December 2019, their third studio album World War Joy included big collaborations including ‘Takeaway’ with ILLENIUM, ‘Family’ with Kygo, ‘Call You Mine’ with Bebe Rexha, and ‘P.S. I Hope You’re Happy’ with blink-182.
Though The Chainsmokers won top artist, they did not sweep in all three dance/electronic categories. World War Joy lost the top dance/electronic album award to Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set. The other nominees in the category were Avicii’s posthumous album TIM, ILLENIUM’s third studio album Ascend, and Alan Walker’s debut studio album Different World.
Neither The Chainsmokers nor Avicii were nominated for top dance/electronic song. That award went to Diplo, Ellie Goulding and Swae Lee for ‘Close To Me.’ In the running were ILLENIUM and Jon Bellion’s ‘Good Things Fall Apart,’ Marshmello and Chvrches’ ‘Here With Me,’ Kygo and Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love,’ and Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin’s ‘Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life).’
Marshmello and Diplo shared Billboard Music Awards’ respective congratulatory tweets.
Although Avicii did not win, TIM reached No. 1 on Billboard’s top dance/electronic albums chart in June 2019, just two weeks after its release. The album, completed by producers close to him, was Tim Bergling’s third LP to climb to the top, after True and Stories. TIM won best album from the International Dance Music Awards in April.
Below are the Billboard Music Awards dance music winners and nominees.
Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
WINNER: The Chainsmokers
Top Dance/Electronic Album:
The Chainsmokers ‘World War Joy’
WINNER: Marshmello ‘Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set’
Alan Walker ‘Different World’
Top Dance/Electronic Song:
Black Eyed Peas x J Balvin ‘Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)’
WINNER: Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft. Swae Lee ‘Close To Me’
Illenium & Jon Bellion ‘Good Things Fall Apart’
Kygo x Whitney Houston ‘Higher Love’
Marshmello ft. Chvrches ‘Here With Me’