Avicii’s father makes first public appearance since Avicii’s death to accept award on son’s behalf
Sweden’s largest music awards ceremony, the Swedish Rockbjörnen posthumously honored Avicii with the award for the song of the year for “Without You.” Presented by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the awards show determined the song of the year victor by fan nominations and ensuing vote counts.
Avicii’s father Klas Bergling accepted the award on behalf of his son at Rockbjörnen on August 15. “I am happy to have been given the opportunity to be here tonight to say thank you for the amazing award that you have rewarded Tim and Sandro [Avicii’s ‘Without You’ collaborator] and to everyone of you who have voted for ‘Without You,’ an amazing song,” Bergling stated. “But also, and perhaps foremost, to say thank you for all and every amazing tribute you have given Tim and his music. 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,” Bergling added.