Broadcasted live on Sunday, May 17, 2015 on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was full of emotions as well as excitement. Hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen, the evening’s festivities featured the usual cheers and jeers, but also some massive tears.
Since Paul Walker’s 2013 passing in a tragic car crash in California, numerous moving tributes were shown for the talented actor, not only by his family and friends, but from his colleagues as well.
Joined by violinist Lindsay Stirling, and singer/pianist Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa delivered a heart warming rendition of “See You Again” in honor of the late actor that seemed to top the rest. As the three talented artists graced the stage, a heartwarming video tribute of Walker played in the background, creating excessive nostalgia throughout the audience.
Featured on the soundtrack of the popular film Furious 7, “See You Again” was most definitely one of the best performances of the evening.
After its release, “See You Again” became a huge international success, reaching number one in ninety-four countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition, the song holds the record for the most-streamed track in a single day on Spotify in the United States.
It was streamed 4.2 million times on April 13, 2015, and also set the record for most streams in a single week in 26 countries during April 6 to April 12, a total of 21.9 million times, and also in the UK in a single week, with 3.72 million streams from April 20 to April 26, 2015.
Directed by Marc Klasfeld, the official music video debuted online on April 6, 2015. In the video, Khalifa goes to the hills to perform his rap as Charlie Puth plays the piano. In addition, many of Walker’s nostalgic scenes from the Fast & Furious franchise appear throughout the video.
In the film, the song is played at the end of the film, during which Furious 7 characters, Brian O’Conner (Walker) and Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) drive their cars on a mountain road and eventually part ways when they reach a fork, giving Brian an emotional send-off in a spiritual and celebratory manner.
To date, the video for “See You Again” has garnered over 260 million views on YouTube.