Avicii’s father accepted an award on his son’s behalf last night (15th August) at the Rockbjörnen awards gala in Stockholm, Sweden.
The late producer and EDM star’s father, Klas Bergling, accepted the award for “Swedish song of the year” on his behalf for the track ‘Without You’.
It was Mr. Bergling’s first public appearance following the tragic death of his son, Tim Bergling, in April this year aged 28. In his acceptance speech for Avicii’s award, he spoke proudly of his son’s achievements and thanked fans and the global dance music community for their ongoing and “incomprehensible” support.
“I am happy to have been given the opportunity to be here tonight to say thank you for this amazing award that you have rewarded Tim and Sandro and to everyone of you who have voted for ‘Without You,’ an amazing song,” he said.
“But also, and perhaps foremost to say thank you for all and every amazing tribute you have given Tim and his music,” he added. “From all his fans and others, from churches, schools, festivals and so many more. It’s been almost incomprehensible and it has warmed our hearts, all of the family, during this hard time, so again a big thank you to everyone.”
You can watch Mr. Bergling’s acceptance speech below at the 2 hours and 44 minute mark.
Last week it was announced that Avicii’s co-producer, Carl Falk, was currently working on the EDM legend's unreleased Chris Martin collaboration, ‘Heaven’ with a posthumous release expected sometime in the near future.
At this year’s Tomorrowland festival, multiple tributes were paid by both DJs and guests to the sorely missed EDM star. For instance, a massive Swedish flag with Bergling’s image imprinted on it (pictured above) was spread out in the crowd during Nicky Romero’s set. Meanwhile, a heart shaped tribute to the ‘Wake Me Up’ producer was also displayed.
Following the news of his death, DJ Mag’s digital editor Charlotte Lucy Cijffers reflected on the young DJs enormous influence on the global EDM community and on how his openness surrounding his struggles with fame, touring and alcoholism gave a troubling, if necessary, insight into a side of dance music the world often does not see.