Fans Are Upset That the VMAs Failed to Pay Tribute to the Late Avicii
The 2018 Video Music Awards were jam-packed with memorable moments. From Shawn Mendes‘ very wet performance of “In My Blood” to Tiffany Haddish‘s Fifth Harmony diss that caused Nicki Minaj to fire back, this year’s show did not disappoint in the entertainment department. But viewers are, understandably, very upset that one moment didn’t happen: a tribute to the late Avicii.
The 28-year-old Swedish musician, who died by suicide in April, left such a big mark on the music scene, which was made evident tonight by his win for Best Dance Video, shared with Rita Ora. And while the British crooner did make sure to shout the DJ out, giving him the respect he so rightfully deserves, there was no moment in the night specifically dedicated to Avicii… that didn’t go unnoticed by fans. No tribute, no speech, no moment of silence: nothing.
Fans of the musical powerhouse quickly took to Twitter to show their disgust and anger.
i mean, if they wanted to do a kind of homage to avicii (deserved), they could give him a special prize of the night, they didn't have to snatch the prize from liam.
— juan (@stripthatdowm) August 21, 2018
Damn they couldn't at least do a moment of silence for Avicii? #VMAs
— The Hermit (@karleezysway) August 21, 2018
— Amber (@amber_alert1432) August 21, 2018
I don't know about you but I feel like not formally presenting the award for Avicii and not giving Rita a proper opportunity to say a few words was a huge oversight. #vmas
— Bree Gashparac (@breegashparac) August 21, 2018
— ?▪️meg▪️? (@TaylorTrash10) August 21, 2018
No tribute to Avicii??????? #VMAs
— ???? (@babyharu_) August 21, 2018
#VMAs Aretha Franklin tribute was trash, and it's almost as if Avicii never existed
— gahdammit ?♂️ (@kevinnnnuh) August 21, 2018
It’s important to note that the VMAs did not do an official ‘In Memoriam’ section, but did honor Aretha Franklin, who passed away last week. So, what gives??