Nick Jonas Pays Tribute To Avicii With Acoustic Version Of ‘Wake Me Up’

Swedish DJ Tim Bergling—best known by his stage name Avicii—died last Friday and with the unexpected news of his death, many of his fans and friends have taken to social media to share their grief and memories.

But Avicii’s tributes weren’t only limited to social media. As those grieve the gone-too-soon talent, Avicii’s music industry colleagues are taking to stages to pay their respects.

Nick Jonas paid tribute to the 28-year-old DJ and music producer during his concert stop in Akron, Ohio. Jonas played an acoustic version of Avicii’s hit collaboration with Aloe Blacc “Wake Me Up.” Avicii and Aloe Blacc released the massive hit in 2013, which set a record for the most weeks spent at the top of the Billboard Dance Chart, making it one of the late DJ’s biggest records to date.

Jonas’ stripped-down rendition of the song is tender and soulful as he softly strums the chords on an acoustic guitar. “Rest in peace, Avicii,” Jonas told the audience before launching into the song with the crowd joining in for an emotional singalong.

Jonas wasn’t the only artist to honour Avicii on the day of his passing. During his performance at the second weekend of Coachella, Kygo remembered the late artist by closing his set with his favourite Avicii song as portraits of the Swedish DJ flashed on monitors behind him.

“Hey Coachella, I think most have you guys have heard, but today is a very sad day for music. Earlier today, I got the news that Avicii passed away at only 28 years old,” said Kygo. “Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration and he was the reason I started making electronic music… So I want to end my set tonight with my favourite Avicii song. In honour of Avicii, I want you guys to dance and sing along and celebrate the life of a true musical genius. This next song is called ‘Without You.’”

Kygo reflected on his Coachella main stage performance and the Avicii tribute the following day, sharing a heartfelt post on Instagram calling his late friend a “musical genius.”

In 2016 Avicii announced that he retired from touring, citing health concerns, but said he wasn’t giving up music altogether. Just last week, he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Electronic/Dance Album for his latest EP Avīci (01).