Mac Miller Earns First-Ever Grammy Nomination

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Mac Miller

The rapper's final album, "Swimming," is up for best rap album at the 2019 awards show.

Exactly three months after Mac Miller's untimely death at age 26, the rapper earned his very first Grammy nomination on Friday (Dec. 7), nabbing a best rap album nod for his August release Swimming.

Miller's final LP came out on Aug. 3 and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Swimming returned to the top 10 following his death in September, vaulting 71-6 on the chart. In the intro track "Come Back to Earth," Miller sets a positive tone for the project, rapping, "I was drowning, but now I'm swimming." The album's three singles were "Small Worlds," "Self Care" and "What's the Use?"

In the best rap album field, Miller is up against Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy, Nipsey Hussle's Victory Lap, Pusha T's Daytona and Travis Scott's Astroworld.

Miller was found dead in his Studio City, California, home on Sept. 7. Three days later, his death was ruled an accidental drug overdose by the LA County Coroner.

The 61st Grammy Awards air Feb. 10 on CBS, broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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