In an ideal world, last night would’ve seen L.A.’s famous Greek Theatre packed with both people and energy for a scheduled Halloween show put on by the late Mac Miller. In its place, however, was another awe-inspiring spectacle: admirers, whether famous or fans, coming together for the Vince Staples-produced tribute concert, “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life”; with all proceeds going to the Mac Miller Circles Fund, an arts charity formed in the late artist’s honour.
The eclectic bill of artists highlighted the wide span of Miller’s musical voice, with musicians’ performances of their Mac collaborations, from Vince Staples’ “Rain” to Miguel’s “Weekend,” showcasing the array of artistic spaces the rapper was capable of working in. Even unlikely admirer John Mayer hinted at the collabs that could’ve been with his cover of Miller’s “Small Worlds”:
The event was about more than the music, though: Travis Scott said onstage that “The keyword to this whole thing is love,” and he couldn’t be more right: last night was about showing the late artist just how loved he was. Following his set, a choked-up Chance the Rapper showed Miller his thankfulness: “Thank you for the music you made; thank you for the music that you provided other people with, for the opportunities that you provided me with, but overall, for the friendships that you built through your music and through your artistry.”
Although some have unfortunately allowed the specter of Miller’s relationship with Ariana Grande to loom over the singer’s death, last night’s events were focused strictly on celebrating the love that Mac brought into the world, which Grande herself partook in from a distance by sharing to her Instagram story a picture of her and Miller’s dog snuggling up to one of his hoodies:
It seems that regardless of your relationship to Mac Miller – whether you knew him personally or just through his music, viewed the events live or through the live-stream – last night’s tribute was the perfect way for friends and fans alike to celebrate Miller’s life, his music, and begin the healing process.