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Late Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller earns 1st Grammy nomination

Matt Rosenberg
| Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, 11:24 a.m.
Mac Miller kicked off his tour with a hometown performance in Pittsburgh Sunday, September 18 at Stage AE.   Miller is currently touring in support of his latest album, ÒThe Divine Feminine,Ó released on September 16.
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Mac Miller kicked off his tour with a hometown performance in Pittsburgh Sunday, September 18 at Stage AE. Miller is currently touring in support of his latest album, ÒThe Divine Feminine,Ó released on September 16.

Exactly three months after he died of a drug overdose, Mac Miller received his first Grammy nomination.

The Pittsburgh-born rapper’s album “Swimming” was nominated for rap album of the year, going against Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy,” Nipsey Hussle’s “Victory Lap,” Pusha T’s “Daytona” and Travis Scott’s “Astroworld.”

Miller died at age 26 on Sept. 7 in his Los Angeles home. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office determined he died of an accidental overdose from a combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.

Miller grew up in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood and attended Allderdice High School.

More than 2,000 people attended a vigil at Blue Slide Playground at Frick Park after his death. The park was the inspiration behind his 2011 single “Blue Slide Park.”

He told the Tribune-Review in 2015 that he wanted every album to have its own sound and to reflect where he was in life.

“I want every record to represent where I’m at,” Miller said at the time. “Mentally and spiritually and everything. ‘Blue Slide Park’ was a very exciting time when everything was new. There’s nothing better than the first time.”

“Swimming” was released Aug. 3 and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and vaulted back into the top 10 after his death.

“Rolling Stone” dubbed it the “most impactful album” of Miller’s career, ditching the “frat-rap reputation” and raising the emotional stakes. The album touches on his past addictions, a DWI arrest and his high-profile breakup with pop star Ariana Grande.

Former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell also received a posthumous nomination. He is up for best rock performance for “When Bad Does Good.”

Cornell hanged himself in his Detroit hotel room May 18, 2017, after performing.

Matt Rosenberg is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Matt at 412-320-7937, mrosenberg@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Matt_Rosenberg.

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