The Chainsmokers, Tori Kelly, and More Reflect on 2015 at "Year in Vevo" Celebration
With 2015 coming to a close, Vevo hosted a year-end celebration last week at New York City's Skylight Clarkson SQ. The "Year in Vevo" was a 3-day long event from Thursday through Saturday night that gave fans a first-hand experience of this year's top videos. A giant warehouse was completely transformed into a series of intimate one-of-a-kind installations featuring a meet and greet with The Weeknd (totaled car from "The Hills" music video included, below) and a "Nae-Nae" dance competition with rising rapper Silentó.
Vevo also lined up live performances with up-and-coming DJs The Chainsmokers (below) and Grammy-nominated Best New Artist Tori Kelly. Before they hit the stage, InStyle went backstage to get exclusive interviews with each artist about their incredible year and what's to come in 2016.
We started off strong on Thursday night with The Chainsmokers. Having just finished their Friend Zone tour, the boys were refreshed and ready to rage. Naturally, we couldn't help but ask if they had any tips on how to take the perfect "#Selfie." "I hate that question. We don't care about that song," the duo's Alex Paul said of their mega-hit. Instantly switching over to chart-topping single "Roses" from their recently released EP Bouquet, Paul's strong reaction was directed towards their growth as artists. "When '#Selfie' got as big as it did, people began to have a certain perspective. We're just glad you guys get 'Roses' and are down with our new music," Paul said. With a New Year's Eve show at N.Y.C.'s Pier 94, the DJs are eager to drop even more new songs. Andrew Taggart confirms the release of a new song in January and teased us by describing it as "the best song we've ever made."
Speaking of new music, Tori Kelly (below) performed her latest single "Hollow" on Friday night. We wasted no time and immediately congratulated her on her Grammy nomination earlier that week. "It's been a whirlwind lately. December has always been busy between the holidays and my birthday. On top of that, this has been the busiest year of my life," said Kelly.
Taking it back to her YouTube cover days, she stripped down her lineup to an acoustic set. "It's refreshing to take the production level down and I'm excited to be teaming up with Vevo. They've always been supportive ever since I first started releasing music," she shared. Even through her continuous stardom, Kelly sees her music as bigger than herself. "My little resolution next year is to not get so trapped in my own bubble. The industry makes it easy to have everything be about the artist. I'd love to put a twist on that and focus more on other people."
"Year in Vevo" may have rounded up 2015's best, but hearing from these ever-evolving artists gets us pumped for 2016. In case you didn't make it to N.Y.C., Vevo is also premiering the event across their online, TV, and mobile platforms starting December 19th. For those who still want to bask in this year's hits, scroll through Vevo's 11 music video award categories. From Justin Bieber's "Vevo Vid of the Year" to Fifth Harmony's "Squad Goals," there's something for everyone.