News of Mac Miller’s tragic passing in early September of this year came as a heartbreaking shock. At only 26, the rapper was found dead in his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles from an apparent overdose.
Now, three months after his death, he has been posthumously nominated for his first-ever Grammy award.
The nominations for the 2019 edition of the Grammys were announced this Friday by the Recording Academy, and Miller’s last album, Swimming, which was released on August 3, is in the run for Best Rap Album. Swimming was an instant hit among fans, debuting at number three on the Billboard 200 albums chart after it was released, and then making a comeback in the top 10 after he passed away, according to Billboard.
Miller’s album is up against Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap, Pusha T’s Daytona and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy. We’ll find out who will win the category at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019.
In honor of Miller, nearly two months after he passed away, a number of celebrities came together to hold a benefit concert titled “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life.” Singers like John Mayer, SZA, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, Thundercat, Anderson .Paak, Action Bronson, and Domo Genesis were among the stars that attended.
A fund, titled The Mac Miller Circles Fund (MMCF), was also launched in honor of Miller’s love and commitment to the arts. The fund, according to the official website, “will provide programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities, helping them recognize their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building.”
Mac’s mother Karen Meyers released the following statement announcing the concert:
The support we’ve experienced is evident in this amazing lineup and is a testament to Malcolm’s incredible life… He was a caring, loving human with a smile that could light up the sky and a soul that was out to make the world a kinder place and the MMCF will continue to do just that
In November, Spotify also released two songs Miller had recorded before his death.