Grande started the tour for her blockbuster album “Sweetener” in an arena in Albany, New York, on Monday. Some of Miller’s songs played in the stadium after the opening acts performed and before she took the stage, according to Vulture. (Headlining acts usually curate those pre-performance playlists.)
Miller was 26 when he was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Sept. 7. Grande, 25, dated Miller between August 2016 and April 2018.
Fans were emotional as they took to Twitter to share that Miller’s music played.
Ariana grande is playing Mac Miller right before her opening song for sweetener tour rn and my heart can’t handle it SO MANY TEARS
— gabi (@gabidaviss) March 19, 2019
Ariana grande had Mac Miller’s music playing while people got into their seats for her concert ????????????????
— Haley (@HaeKolb) March 19, 2019
On her hit song “thank u, next,” Grande sings a tribute to Miller: “Wish I could say ‘thank you’ to Malcom / cause he was an angel.”
The tracks “ghostin” and “imagine” on her new album also seem to be about Miller. Entertainment Weekly reported that Grande told fans during her soundcheck that performing those songs “would be too heavy for her,” and that she does not plan on performing them throughout the tour.
Born Malcolm McCormick to a Christian father and Jewish mother in Pittsburgh, the tattooed rapper had a Star of David inked on his hand, and had talked about having a bar mitzvah and celebrating Jewish holidays growing up.