Ariana Grande Reflects on Mac Miller's Legacy: ‘Nothing Mattered More to Him Than Music’

"Nothing mattered more to him than music ever," Grande said, calling Mac's catalog a "beautiful gift" to the world that he would want us all to never forget.


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Ariana Grande, fresh off her Bieber collab for COVID-19 relief, linked up with Zane Lowe and the Beats 1 team on Wednesday for a special at-home interview and mix.

During the conversation, Grande revealed an upcoming collab she has in the bag with recent Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper Doja Cat and relayed her understandable adoration for Rihanna's 2016 classic Anti.

Grande also discussed the lasting legacy of Mac Miller, whose 2010 mixtape K.I.D.S. posthumously made its way to streaming services late last month.

"Nothing mattered more to him than music ever," Grande said, later spinning Miller's "What's the Use?" and "Blue World" during the Apple Music special. "He was the kind of person who woke up and rolled into the studio, like tumbled out of bed into the studio next door. Nothing was more important. Talk about losing track of time and forgetting to eat, remind yourself to take care of yourself and be a person. He was a person who gave literally every single second of his thoughts and time and life to music. And I think that is so evident in what he has left us with and just how many incredible and different bodies of work. ... It's just such a beautiful gift that he kind of touched the world with and I think the thing he'd want most is for us to just appreciate it and not forget about it."

The entire two-hour special will be available on Apple Music shortly. 

For the newly released "Stuck With U," Grande teamed up with fellow Scooter Braun-managed artist Justin Bieber to raise money for the First Responders Children's Foundation. A quarantine-friendly video for the collab arrived last week:

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