Watch: The Chainsmokers and Halsey perform “Closer” at the VMAs
With 2016 being the biggest year for electronic music so far, it seems only fitting that one of the industry’s biggest artist’s represent the genre at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Since 2012, The Chainsmokers have settled into their sound with the releases of their Billboard breakthrough, “#Selfie”, which was later followed by their massive singles, “Let You Go”, “Roses”, and their newest, “Closer”.
Released late July, “Closer” ft. American singer Halsey, is an electro ballad found in the 95 BPM range. Its catchy lyrics, vocal dexterity, and contagious melodies have thrown the track into Australia, New Zealand, and the United States’ number one spots, making it the duo’s first 3 time, international hit. With that much success following the record in such a short time, it’s no wonder MTV gave The Chainsmokers a live performance invitation for this year’s VMA celebration.
The performance, stressing heavily on both Halsey and Drew’s (one half of The Chainsmokers) chemistry, was altered enough to fit the venue’s mega setting, while still keeping its EDM background at the forefront. With the help of Alex in the back, the song was done justice by the three, and made for an impressive performance that the dance music community should definitely be proud of.
Watch the live performance of “Closer” below, and let us know what you think.