Watch The Chainsmokers & Halsey's MTV VMAs Performance [VIDEO]
The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards aired tonight, August 28th, from Madison Square Garden in New York. Britney Spears, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, G-Eazy, Future and more graced the stage. And while Beyoncé took home the Video of the Year award and delivered a performance to match and Rihanna brought the soul when she sang "Stay," "Diamonds” and "Love on the Brain," in a goosebump-raising performance, The Chainsmokers and Halsey represented EDM on this big night in music.
Both Halsey and The Chainsmokers member Andrew Taggart sang live. It might not have been the most perfect performance, but the catchiness and good vibe-charm of their hit song (and the chemistry between Halsey and Taggart, no doubt) got the crowd going.
"Closer" featuring Halsey was released on July 29, 2016 by Disruptor and Columbia Records. It quickly soared to the top of the charts and became The Chainsmokers' and Halsey's first number-one single in three countries - United States, New Zealand and Australia.
Chainsmokers member Andrew Taggart and Freddy Kennett of Louis the Child were working in the studio together when Taggart conceived of the original beat for the single. The lyrics were written in one session with Taggart and Shaun Frank, who encourage Taggart to sing on the track. "Closer" became the first single featuring vocals from one of the members of The Chainsmokers. The song draws inspiration from Blink-182 and Taking Back Sunday.