Mac Miller gets first Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album three months after his death

Mac Miller is a Grammy nominee. The late rapper got his first nomination on Friday, December 7, as Swimming was named one of the contenders for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. His nomination comes exactly three months after his death at age 26.

Swimming was released in August, a month before Miller died of an accidental drug overdose. The album is up against Travis Scott’s AstroworldCardi B’s Invasion Of PrivacyPusha T’s Daytona and Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap.

The rapper was set to head out on a tour in support of his final album in October and was scheduled to shoot a music video on the day of his death.

“I am still in shock. Actually I still don’t believe it. I was with you 2 days ago. We were supposed to shoot your new music video today,” actor Ben Ballerwrote on Instagram in September. “You were an angel bro. I love you and I’ll miss you homie. Shalom. Rest In Peace Mac.”

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The Los Angeles Police Department told Us Weekly in September that authorities responded to the “Self Care” musician’s home in the San Fernando Valley area around 11 a.m. and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Malcolm McCormick known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” the rapper’s family told TMZ at the time. “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers.”

The “Stay” rapper was open about his struggles with addiction throughout the years. “I had a drug problem for a long time. It wasn’t just in music, but I definitely was going through a drug problem and I think it was more my state of mind,” he told Larry King in September 2015. “I was just pretty depressed.”

Ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande apologized for not being able to take Miller’s pain away in an emotional Instagram message posted a week after his passing.

“i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix of take your pain away. i really wanted to,” she wrote at the time. “the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you’re okay now. rest.”

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Mac Miller and Ariana Grande on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Rapper Mac Miller and singer Ariana Grande are seen attending an Oscar party on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GC Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Mac Miller (L) and Ariana Grande perform on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Rapper Mac Miller (L) and singer Ariana Grande attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Republic Records After Party on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Rapper Mac Miller (L) and singer Ariana Grande enter the Sirius XM Studios on September 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 853 -- Pictured: Musical guest Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller performs on June 14, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2014, PARTS 1 & 2 - Ryan Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, and then the party continues with some of the year's hottest acts from Los Angeles and New York, on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 (Part 1, 11:30 p.m. - 1:09 a.m., ET) (Part 2, January 1, 1:09 - 2:13 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) MAC MILLER, ARIANA GRANDE
QUEENS, NY - OCTOBER 02: Rapper Mac Miller (L) and Singer Ariana Grande attend The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Day 2 on October 2, 2016 in Queens, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Meadows)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Rapper Mac Miller and singer Ariana Grande are seen attending an Oscar party on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GC Images)
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