Mac Miller Remembered by Travis Scott, John Mayer and More During Celebration of Life Concert
The star, who died on Sept. 7 at age 26, was remembered by many of his famous friends and former collaborators including Action Bronson, Anderson.Paak, Chance the Rapper, Dylan Reynolds, Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, John Mayer, Miguel, Njomza, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Thundercat, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and Vince Staples.
The tribute began with a collection of videos of Miller from his childhood, which highlighted his strong passion for music that began before he could even walk.
Following the performances of J.I.D, Njomza and Action Bronson, the audience’s attention was directed at a screen, which projected a series of shoutouts from Pusha T, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, A$AP Ferg and Tyler the Creator, who specifically recalled a time when Miller was the only person to laugh at his jokes.
Shortly after, Mayer, 41, performed their collaboration “Small Worlds” from Miller’s fifth and final album Swimming.
“I saw Mac play this at Hotel Cafe a couple months ago, and he got onstage and he said he was really nervous. And now, Mac, I’m really nervous. So we’ve got that in common too,” the guitarist admitted. “This one’s for you.”
Zane Lowe later took the stage asking the crowd to take a moment of silence for the victims of the Miller’s native Pittsburgh’s synagogue massacre in which 11 were shot to death while celebrating Shabbat.
He then delivered a heartwarming speech about Miller and how he always said, “If you wanna know me the best chance is to listen to my music.”
An emotional Chance the Rapper took the stage for a three-song set, saying, “Mac, thank you for so many different things. Thank you for the music you made; thank you for the music that you provided other people with, for the opportunities that you provided me with, but overall, for the friendships that you built through your music and through your artistry.”
Travis Scott, 26, concluded the show with a message: “The key word to this whole thing is ‘love.’ I just want everybody to stay strong. If you have a friend with you, you should always tell them you love them.”
As the lights went down, Miller himself, from a previous recording, was heard thanking everyone for coming as his song “Best Day Ever” closed the event. The lineup of performers was then joined onstage by Miller’s tearful family, including mother Karen Meyers, father Mark McCormick and brother Miller McCormick.
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The show also allowed viewers the ability to donate to The Mac Miller Circles Fund (MMCF) to support youth arts & community-building programs in Miller’s memory.
“The support we’ve experienced is evident in this amazing line-up and is a testament to Malcolm’s incredible life,” Miller’s mother said in a statement.
“His father, brother and I are beyond thankful to everyone who is working to make this concert happen along with every fan and every friend for continuing to support Malcolm and his vision. He was a caring, loving human with a smile that could light up the sky and a soul that was out to make the world a kinder place and the MMCF will continue to do just that.”
Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, was found dead in his Studio City, California, home on Sept. 7. A source told PEOPLE that Miller went into cardiac arrest after an apparent drug overdose.
“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans,” his family said in a statement to PEOPLE at the time.
The L.A. event comes seven weeks after hundreds of fans mourned the rapper’s death at his Pittsburgh hometown’s Frick Park Blue Slide playground, which was the favorite childhood hangout Miller named his 2011 debut album after.