Mac Miller got a lot of love during the 2019 Grammy Awards. The late rapper, singer, and record producer’s album “Swimming” was nominated for Best Rap Album.

Swimming is Miller’s fifth studio album. REMember Music and Warner Bros. Records released it in  August of last year. The album debuted at number three at the US Billboard 200.

Miller died of a drug overdose in his Studio City home September last year. Fentanyl, alcohol, and cocaine was found in his system at the time of his death.

Lots of love for Miller

Miller’s last album made it to the list of nominees for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. “Swimming”  lost to Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” in the Best Rap Album category.

Cardi B, who made history as the first solo woman to win such honor decided to share the glory. She was touched when Miller’s family expressed their desire for her to win the award if not Miller himself.

“I read an article that Mac Miller’s family said that if you don’t win, they wanted me to win so I’m sharing this Grammy with you (Miller),” Cardi B said.

The singer from Bronx wasn’t the only one showing the late Miller some love. Miller’s ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande expressed her disappointment claiming that the Academy did not honor him.

“Grande” drama

Grande had prior heat with Grammys producers for a dispute over which songs she could sing during the event. The producers refused to let her perform “7 Rings.” They eventually allowed Grande to perform the single but went on to pick the rest of the songs she can perform.

“I offered 3 different songs. It’s about collaboration. It’s about feeling supported. It’s about art and honesty. Not Politics. Not doing favors or playing games,” Grande said.

She decided not to attend at the last minute but posted the dress she was supposed to wear on her Instagram account. The Zac Posen-designed ball gown is said to be a tribute to Miller.

The drama does not end there as Grande took to Twitter her disappointment that Miller wasn’t honored.  Her frustration was centered over the face that Miller’s family was invited despite losing out in his category.

Grande clarified that her tweets weren’t directed to Cardi B but to the academy. She even praised the singer saying “Good for her. I promise. I’m sorry.”

Remembering Mac Miller

“You could have the world in the palm of your hands, you still might drop it.” — Mac Miller, ‘So It Goes’

Mac Miller was one of the stars that used the internet to make a name for himself. He knew he wanted to be a rapper as early as his teenage years.

He drew inspiration from artists such as Lauryn Hill, OutKast and the Beastie which explains his throwback style of rap.

Miller would then use social media to launch his debut album Blue Slide Park” in 2011. The album would go on to top the Billboard 200. It was the first independently released project in more than 15 years.

His final record Swimming was released a month before his untimely demise. The album reflects on Miller’s personal struggles. A dwindling love life and a continuous struggle with his own demons were evident in his lyrics.
Miller’s famous tracks were about society’s problems also about the alienating effects of the celebrity-industrial complex. He always looked to top himself every song he makes and it was evident in the depth of the lyrics he created.