Ariana Grande Made a Subtle Tribute to Mac Miller on "Positions," and Fans Can't Deal

It’s no secret that Mac Miller occupies a huge spot in Ariana Grande’s heart. The two dated from 2016 to early 2018, but after his tragic passing later that year, Ari’s world changed forever. Now, Ari finds a way to insert bits and pieces of Mac into her music when she can as a way to honor him, and did exactly that in her positions title track, according to a TikToker with an impressive ear.

TikToker maraleebell noted that cricket sounds can be heard in “Positions” after Ariana sings the lyric “heaven sent you to me,” as well as in “just like magic” when she sings “take my pen and write some love letters to heaven.” Maraleebell says that the usage of crickets isn’t purely coincidental—Mac posthumously released a song called “Crickets” earlier this year.

you will NEVER be able to unhear it, guaranteed 🦗🤍 #positions #arianagrande #macmiller #rnbvibes #ariana #fyp #fypシ

Twitter users shortly started picking up on the subtle usage of Ari’s cricket instrumentals, with one fan writing, “I just found out that in Ariana’s new album she plays cricket noises every time a line has the word heaven which is a tribute to Mac Miller’s song crickets bc she thinks of him as her guardian angel watching over her from heaven…I am not okay no one talk to me for the next week.” Saaaaame.

i just found out that in ariana’s new album she plays cricket noises every time a line has the word heaven which is a tribute to mac miller’s song crickets bc she thinks of him as her guardian angel watching over her from heaven

i am not okay no one talk to me for the next week pic.twitter.com/OyzZ9M9K2s

just read about crickets sounds featured in ariana’s album, turns out mac has a song wif a title of crickets, ariana is so thoughtful i love her sm🥺

just found out that on ariana grande’s new album whenever she says the word “heaven” there’s cricket nosies in the background in reference to crickets by mac miller and once again i am not fucking okay

Dude Ariana grandes just like magic lyric “write some love letters to heaven” and having fucking crickets after just fucked me up. It’s for Mac Miller 💔 brb ima go cry

Friendly reminder: Ari also sang about Mac on “Thank U, Next,” and said “Wish I could say thank you to Malcom/’Cause he was an angel.”

Ari’s album has been out for less than a month, but I can’t wait to see what other juicy tidbits fans find the longer they stream!

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