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Ariana Grande may not have attended the Grammys on Sunday night, but she was certainly at home watching at least one category, as evidenced by her reaction on Twitter. When Cardi B won Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy over Mac Miller’s Swimming, Grande posted a series of incredulous tweets, which she quickly deleted lest they be misconstrued.
As E! reports, the singer called Miller’s snub “literal bullshit” and “trash.” But when fans interpreted the timing as a reaction to Cardi B’s win, she set the record straight: She was upset that the Grammys invited Miller’s parents to the show, but did not give him a posthumous award. (The show included him in their “In Memoriam” tribute, which honored artists and those in the music industry who died in the past year.)
She also clarified that her tweets had “nothing to do w [Cardi]. Good for her. I promise. I’m sorry,” and called someone out for calling Cardi “trash”: “she’s not at all and that’s not what I meant and u know that,” she wrote in another, now-deleted tweet.
Cardi later dedicated her win, in part, to Miller: in video posted to Instagram, she explained that she “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.” She later posted a screenshot from the article, which Grande commented with a series of hearts.
When a commenter attempted to come for the singer, Grande wrote back: “U really clearly don’t understand. I know she knows that wasn’t ab her too. I was emotional and I’m sry for the confusion.”
Miller died in September 2018 after a long history of substance use; he was 26 years old. He and Grande artists dated for two years before splitting in early 2018; she later released a series of tracks which fans believe are about Miller, “Imagine” and “Ghostin,” from her album Thank U, Next. She also adopted his dog Myron after his passing.
This story has been updated throughout.