Women in Music 2018
Drake, Niall Horan, G-Eazy & More Pay Tribute to Mac Miller in Concert: Watch
The sudden death of Mac Miller on Sept. 7 left the music community shocked and bereft, and several artists shared their grief on social media accounts and stages to mourn the loss of the young talent.
In the days since Miller's passing, many took a moment to honor the rapper by sharing their thoughts with their audiences at their respective performances.
Here are a few of those touching tributes, from Drake's dedication in Boston to Elton John's tour kick-off and more.
G-Eazy made an emotional tribute to Miller during his concert in Tampa, Fla. on Friday (Sept. 7) following the news of his death. After speaking briefly about the young rapper's passing, he dedicated his performance of "Everything Will Be OK" to Miller's memory.
On Instagram, G-Eazy posted a photo of himself standing behind a picture of Miller and captioned the post: "Performed everything will be ok for you tonight and f--kin broke down on stage. Rest peacefully bro, we miss you."
The fact you came out performed 1000%, dedicated Everything Will Be Ok to @MacMiller, cried in front of us all, and continued to perform.... we fucking love you Gerald. Thank you for changing my life and many others. @G_Eazy pic.twitter.com/G4ke5Y31qt— Essency (@EssencyTrap) September 8, 2018
During his Chicago concert on Saturday (Sept. 8), Childish Gambino shared his feelings about Miller's tragic passing, saying that the two kindled a friendship based on stigmas they both faced within the rap industry. "He was so nice. He was the sweetest guy; he was so nice. And we were both internet music kids, and a lot of critics were like, 'This corny-ass white dude, this corny-ass black dude,' and we used to talk. And this kid, he just loved music."
Gambino then dedicated his performance of "Riot" to Miller, saying, "I just wanna say, I love you, Mac, and I just want to tell you that I love you and this song is for him because I feel like sometimes he wanted to let go."
Elton John kicked off the first day of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour on Saturday (Sept. 8) just a day after the news of Miller's death broke. Towards the end of the concert, John paid tribute to Miller with a performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me".
On Miller's death, John told the audience that “it’s inconceivable that someone so young and with so much talent could be gone," and requested that everyone in the audience send his family love and well wishes. Before launching into song, John touchingly added, “Mac, wherever you are, I hope you’re happy now.”
Elton John dedicates Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me to Mac Miller: “Mac, wherever you are, I hope you’re happy now” -- pic.twitter.com/oJHNfVFqdz— Maeve McDermott (@maeve_mcdermott) September 9, 2018
Before Meek Mill came out and shocked his audience in Boston on Friday (Sept. 7), Drake took a moment before performing his song "Emotionless" to dedicate the show Miller, saying that the late rapper was always a kind man to him.
Khalid made a tribute of his song "Angels" out to Miller on Friday (Sept. 7), saying beforehand that he was thankful for Miller being so kind to him. "Every time I saw him, he had the biggest smile on his face," said Khalid. "He was awesome. He was an amazing friend. Mac, this one goes to you. I love you, bro."
J. Cole made a moving speech about the importance of learning to share emotions, saying how toxic and harmful it is to keep one's feelings bottled up before he launched into a tribute of "Love Yourz" to Miller on Saturday (Sept. 8).
On the New York stop of his Flicker world tour on Friday (Sept. 7), Niall Horan dedicated "Mirrors" to Miller. "I'd like to dedicate this whole gig, and especially this song to a man we lost today, Mac Miller," said Horan. "What a great guy he was, and I want to dedicate this whole gig to him and anyone that's suffering with addiction or depression."
Adam Levine of Maroon 5 made a tribute to Miller with an acoustic performance of "Lost Stars," on Friday (Sept. 7), saying that he misses the young rapper, and that the only solution at the moment is to send the rapper's family as much love as possible during the difficult time.
Liam Gallagher dedicated a performance of "Live Forever" to Miller during his set at Lollapalooza Berlin on Sunday (Sept. 9).
Liam Gallagher dedicated Live Forever to Mac Miller in Berlin today pic.twitter.com/532gfO8vk3— Mainly Oasis (@MainlyOasis) September 9, 2018
Miguel took a simpler approach to a tribute by performing his own unique rendition of Miller's song, "Weekend," during a concert in Atlanta for One MusicFest on Sunday (Sept. 9).
Miguel performed "Weekend" to pay tribute to Mac Miller pic.twitter.com/KEI3lli9EY— Daily Miguel (@DailyMigueI) September 8, 2018