The Recording Academy has yet again snubbed Mac Miller out of a GRAMMY. As if getting beaten out by Cardi B’s Invasion Of Privacy wasn’t shocking enough back in 2018, Mac did not receive a single nomination for the 2021 awards.
Earlier in the year it was revealed that Mac’s posthumous album Circles had been submitted for Best Alternative Music Album. He was up against some tough competition, but we believe that he certainly deserved to be in the company of Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Beck, Phoebe Bridgers and Brittany Howard.
It’s puzzling how he was recognized in 2018 for Swimming, when many believed that Circles was perhaps his best album to date. This was a project in which it was obvious that Mac Miller’s talent began to progress so much, that he was no longer just sticking to rap. He had bloomed into a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and a brilliant songwriter.
If Mac had not been vocal about how winning a GRAMMY was such a goal for him, we probably wouldn’t be making as big of fuss about it (I mean, did you see the album of the year nominations?). Mac Miller was such a bright light in the music industry during his lifetime, and snagging a win this year would have been an amazing send-off for an artist that very much deserved it.
Ultimately, we don’t need the Recording Academy’s stamp of approval for us to recognize what a special project Circles was, and we will continue to enjoy it and the rest of Mac Miller’s music for the year’s to come. Give Circles another spin below.