Ariana Grande paid Mac Miller a tribute at the beginning of her Sweetener tour. Miller and Grande dated for a long time and he passed away last year.
The singer started her tour in Albany, New York, on Monday and will be touring all over the world. She will be performing her old songs as well as songs from her two recent albums, Sweetener and 7 Rings. Fans present at the Times Union Center shared on social media that Mac Miller songs were playing in the background before Grande stepped out.
Miller passed away at the age of only 26-years-old last year from mixed drug toxicity, and Grande has paid him many tributes since. The most publicized of which was her song Thank U, Next, in which she sings, “Even almost got married / And for Pete, I’m so thankful / Wish I could say, “Thank you” to Malcolm / ‘Cause he was an angel”. Fans believe her new song Imagine is also for Miller.
Grande also got a few tattoos in honor of Miller. After breaking up with Pete Davidson, she changed the 8418 on her foot, which was a reference to Davidson’s fathers FDNY badge, into a tattoo about Myron, Miller’s dog.
Miller was also nominated for a posthumous Grammy this year for Best Rap Album. The award went to Cardi B instead. Grande took to social media to reveal how angry she was about it, calling it “literal bulls**t” and saying, ” she’s not at all and that’s not what i meant and u know that.” She later elaborated she was just this angry because Miller’s mother Karen Meyers flew out for the show, writing, “THEY INVITED HIS PARENTS OUT. NO.”
The Sweetener tour will continue until October of this year.