2016 American Music Awards: The Chainsmokers Comment on Their Beef with Lady Gaga
Tonight (Nov. 20, 2016), The Chainsmokers took home the Favorite EDM Artist prize at the 2016 American Music Awards. The duo, known for their hard-partying antics and sometimes-regrettable, off-the-cuff comments, also briefly discussed the minor war of worlds that went down between themselves and Lady Gaga in recent weeks.
“I think we’re cool,” Andrew Taggert told the press. “I think we resolved it on Twitter. So no harm intended.”
Taggert was referencing a comment his collaborator Alex Pall made during an interview for a Rolling Stone profile in which he outright derided Gaga’s single “Perfect Illusion.” He told the interviewer “it sucks,” while Taggert backpedalled, caller her “a great artist.”
Gaga was clearly paying attention because when she dropped her second single off of Joanne, titled “A-YO,” she made sure to tweet a message directly at The Chainsmokers.
“#AYO @TheChainsmokers maybe you guys’ll like this 1 better,” she wrote. It wasn’t a random shoutout since the single does reference smoking cigarettes pretty often.
The EDM group responded with, “RESPECT.”
Haha @ladygaga RESPECT 🙌🏼
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) October 18, 2016
While in the pressroom, The Chainsmokers also explained their drive to excel in the music industry, something the duo certainly shares with the “Million Reasons” singer.
“Everyday, from the moment we met and formed The Chainsmokers, we’ve been in the studio, on the road, working towards this goal to a day like this where we get to perform in front of millions of people,” Pall said. “So, it really is just patience and hard work. We’re lucky enough to have an incredible team of people around us that helped us get here when there are low moments, and celebrate us when there are high moments.”