Mac Miller fans left furious after Emmys fail to include him in their 'In Memoriam' segment
The Emmy Awards Show is a time to recognise excellence in the television industry, a time for glitz, glamour and champagne. However, that doesn't mean that every part of it is fun and games.
Every year, celebrities attending the award show take a moment out to pay their respects to dozens of influential and beloved figures who aren't with us anymore. However, this year the heartfelt tribute caused outrage as one notable figure appeared to be left out.
Musician Mac Miller, who died on September 8 after a suspected drug overdose at his Los Angeles home, was not mentioned in the 'In Memoriam' segment at this year's Emmy Awards.
While other A-listers who have passed away in the past 12 months like Aretha Franklin, Hugh Hefner and Anthony Bourdain were included, Miller - who once had his own reality TV show, Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family - was not, spurring outrage from hundreds of viewers.
Many became even angrier when they realised that late Republican politician John McCain had been honoured in the In Memoriam segment.
"the emmys including hugh hefner and john mccain in their in memorium but excluding mac miller is BAFFLING," wrote Twitter user @cherhorowiz. She was joined by @noprahhh who tweeted her anger, putting: "Let me see if I understand this,
#Emmys, you’re gonna show sportscasters, Hugh Hefner and John McCain in your In Memoriam, but you’re going to exclude Mac Miller? Oh.. okay."
The controversial lack of tribute comes after reports that Miller could have been dead for hours before his body was found. Law enforcement sources reportedly told TMZ that they believe he had died a long time before they got there in response to a 911 call. Police are now said to be looking into the party Mac held at his home the night before.
His ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande skipped the Emmy Awards Show, as she takes a break from the spotlight to grieve. The One More Time songstress was due to attend the ceremony with fiancée Saturday Night Live star, Pete Davidson, but they were both absent as they decided to stay at home in New York. Davidson's Saturday Night Live co-stars attended to scoop the Best Variety Sketch Series.
In a statement released just ahead of the Emmys red carpet, her reps said that "Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend. She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved ones and work on new music without deadline. She thanks her fans for understanding."
Last week, Grande honoured her ex-lover and boyfriend of two years on Instagram in an emotional tribute. "I adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will," the star wrote. "i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. we talked about this. so many times. [sic]"
She continued: "i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you’re okay now. rest. [sic]"
Rest in peace, Mac.