Ariana Grande finally kicked off her Sweetener World Tour last night (March 18) in Albany, New York. Before the show, it seems she decided to pay a subtle yet heartwarming tribute to rapper Mac Miller, who died last year.
As People reported, attendees of Ari’s opening concert noticed Mac’s music was playing at the venue, and they flooded social media with touching responses. “They’re playing mac while we wait for ariana,” a fan pointed out. “Aaaaand they’re playing Mac Miller at the Ariana Grande concert. Not emotional no no no not at all,” another added.
Ari’s alleged homage to Mac made fans emotional before the show had even started. “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,” one user tweeted. “So ariana is playing a mac miller song on the #SweetenerWorldTour and my heart is soft,” a fan admitted, and another added, “Ariana is playing fucking dang by Mac Miller. STOP MY HEART,” with crying emojis for emphasis.
Other concertgoers also identified Mac’s “Dang!,” from his 2016 album The Divine Feminine, as one of the tracks playing at the arena. “Dang! By @MacMiller is now playing now at @ArianaGrande’s #SweeetenerWorldTour,” a fan tweeted with a weeping GIF meme.
And some fans noticed that the first song on Ari’s setlist was “Raindrops (an Angel Cried),” and believe this wasn’t unintentional given that Mac’s music was playing right before. “ARIANA OPENED WITH RAINDROPS RIGHT AFTER MAC’S SONG CAN YOU HEAR ME CRYING #SweetenerWorldTour” one fan tweeted. Another wrote, “The way she transitioned from mac into raindrops im gonna CRY.”
Of course, “Raindrops” is also the opening track on Sweetener, so this could be a coincidence, but the lyrics “When raindrops fell down from the sky / The day you left me, an angel cried,” do carry a whole new meaning when applied to Mac’s story, and this isn’t the first time Ari has paid tribute to the late rapper. Plus, as one user pointed out, Mac’s track playing right before Ari took the stage was “Cinderella,” which was rumored to be about her.
But “Ghostin” and “Imagine”, which many fans believe is explicitly about Mac, were not included on the set list. In February, when asked if she’d be playing the former live, Ari admitted that she’d intentionally left out the song to “make it thru” the concert.
Even sans “Ghostin,” after the show was over, Ari revealed on Instagram that the experience of her first day on the joint tour for Sweetener and Thank U, Next had been “very emotional.” She wrote, “…Tonight was too much. thank you thank you thank you. i love you.”
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