The Chainsmokers came out on top at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, with the EDM duo winning Top Hot 100 Song and Top Collaboration for their hit “Closer” with Halsey. The single topped the charts worldwide, furthering the group’s success, and also took home the award for Top Dance/Electronic Song.
The BBMA’s take the year’s chart-toppers from the United States Billboard music chart and then fans vote on which artist or track wins in each category, broken down by genre. Thus, The Chainsmokers’ big wins this weekend proved their mainstream appeal, both a factor in their popularity and for criticism from purists within the EDM genre.
Interestingly, they lost twice in the category for Top Dance/Electronic Album, with their sophomore album ‘Bouquet’ and new album ‘Collage’ losing to Lindsey Stirling‘s ‘Brave Enough’. The YouTube star, famous for mixing electronica with her violin playing, featured a collaboration with Zedd on her album. However, Stirling lost to The Chainsmokers in the Top Dance/Electronic Artist bracket, alongside fellow nominees Calvin Harris, Major Lazer and DJ Snake.
Other dance songs that won at the BBMAs include pop superstar Justin Timberlake‘s worldwide hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the Trolls soundtrack, which blended disco and soul and pop to an undeniably catchy effect. Dance music’s inescapable influence on the pop landscape was more than apparent by the nominees of Top Radio Songs, which included only dance-pop songs as nominees. Sia, Drake, and again the two Chainsmokers’ tracks, lost to Timberlake.
The Chainsmokers’ performed at the ceremony, choosing to showcase their new single “Young.” Nicki Minaj brought out frequent collaborator and creative partner David Guetta for a showstopping opening performance of “Light My Body Up.” Cher’s performance was not just about her much-discussed outfit, or lack thereof, but reminded listeners of “Believe‘s” status as one of the greatest dance tracks of the last few decades.