Ariana Grande has had a pretty good week. She dropped her fifth album, Thank U, Next, and so far it's been a huge success. But the Grammys have been an added emotional roller coaster for the singer, starting with a conflict with producers that resulted in her deciding not to attend in the days leading up to the awards. And Sunday night's awards brought even more ups and downs, with her win for Best Pop Vocal Album, and then her ex Mac Miller's loss for Best Rap Album. And Ariana Grande’s response to Mac Miller’s Grammy loss shows just how emotional the night was for the singer.
On Feb. 10, the Grammys took place in Los Angeles and as stated earlier, Grande did not attend. Despite being a no-show, she did still win a Grammy for Sweetener, which she called "wild and beautiful." However, the end of the night is when things turned sour. After it was announced that Cardi B won Best Rap Album for her debut, Invasion of Privacy over Miller's Swimming, Grande tweeted "trash." That tweet was followed by, "f*ck" and "literal bullsh*t." The tweets were then quickly deleted, but not before fans spotted them.
Some interpreted Grande's tweets to be a direct response to Cardi's win over Miller, the singer's ex-boyfriend who died in September. However, Grande was quick to set the record straight, telling fans that she wasn't bitter that Cardi won, but rather was upset that the Recording Academy invited Miller's parents to the ceremony, only to have him lose.
In order to further her reasoning behind the outburst, she responded to a few Twitter users to try and clarify her statements. In one of her responses, the singer noted that she had nothing against Cardi, writing, "nothing to do w her. good for her. i promise. i'm sorry." After a fan said a negative comment about Cardi, Grande wrote, "she's not at all and that's not what i meant and u know that." Then one user, @sohosultry, wrote, "Y’all invited Mac’s parents out and you didn’t give him an award are y’all DUMB? @RecordingAcad." To this, Grande responded, "this. this is what i meant. karen was gonna have a green suit made." She then testified to the hard work Miller put into Swimming by saying, "he slept in the studio for two months."
Grande's tweets, while perhaps well-meaning, were not well recieved. Her first tweets were sent during Cardi's acceptance speech, causing a lot of people to believe that the rapper was the intended target of Grande's "trash" and "literal bullsh*t" tweets. Others defended Grande, and said that it was more about Mac Miller's mother being invited, and of course Grande still grieving him.
After seeing the backlash, Grande deleted all her tweets about Miller's Grammy loss. And, at the end of the night, she tweeted a video (which she also posted to Instagram) of her saying "Thank you," with the caption, "it’s me your tiny, highly emotional, italian, and now grammy award winning friend. i’m super tarnished lol. but super grateful. thank u for everything. myron is in my arms n he says hi as well." Myron was Mac Miller's dog, who appears to have been living with Grande since his death.
Clearly, Sunday was a very emotionally exhausting night for Grande. And, on the bright side, Cardi B doesn't seem phased by the singer's since-deleted tweets. Cardi was super ecstatic about her win, as she should be. She's the first woman ever to win Best Rap Album for a solo project. In a video she posted to Twitter she also dedicated her win to Miller. "I read an article that Mac Miller's family said that if he don't win, they want me to win, so I'm sharing this Grammy with you... Rest in peace." Then in the morning of Feb. 11, the day after, she tweeted a screenshot of the article and wrote, "WE WON A F*CKIN GRAMMY 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆" which is a great addition to the sweet gesture.
At the end of the day, both Cardi B and Ariana Grande walked away Grammy winners, and both artists celebrated Miller's legacy. That's really all fans could ask for.