Ariana Grande subtly paid tribute to Mac Miller on her 'Yours Truly' deluxe album cover

  • Ariana Grande released a deluxe edition of "Yours Truly" to celebrate the album's 10th anniversary.

  • The cover art is from the music video shoot for "The Way," Grande's first duet with Mac Miller.

  • Miller, who died unexpectedly in 2018, can be spotted in the corner of the photo.

Ariana Grande is celebrating 10 years since she broke into the music industry, while simultaneously paying tribute to her beloved friend and collaborator, Mac Miller.

On Friday, Grande released a deluxe edition of her debut album, "Yours Truly," which features new live recordings of select tracks.

The cover is a blurry photo of the teenage pop star, clearly taken during the video shoot for "The Way."

"The Way" was released as the lead single for "Yours Truly" in March 2013. It was Grande's first duet with Miller, who also costarred in the music video. The rapper's sweater, and a tiny sliver of his smile, can be spotted in the album cover's top-left corner.

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Ariana Grande and Mac Miller costarred in the music video for "The Way."Republic Records; Ariana Grande/YouTube

"Everybody on the record is a very close friend of mine. Mac Miller came about because I heard 'The Way' and I was like, 'Oh my gosh. This song is amazing. Malcolm, will you come be on this record with me?' and he was like, 'Absolutely,'" she told Rolling Stone upon the album's release.

"I went over to his house. I engineered the session," she continued. "I recorded him rapping, while I was simultaneously baking cookies for him and that was that."

Years later, Grande and Miller began dating. They recorded another duet, "My Favorite Part," for his 2016 album "The Divine Feminine." She also inspired his love song "Cinderella."

They broke up in 2018 after two years as a couple. Miller died later that year of an accidental overdose. He was 26.

Grande was openly distraught following his death. She broke off her engagement to Pete Davidson and spent weeks in a self-described drunken frenzy, recording her album "Thank U, Next," which includes several apparent references to Miller.

In a 2019 interview with Vogue, Grande described her grief as "pretty all-consuming."

"By no means was what we had perfect, but, like, fuck. He was the best person ever, and he didn't deserve the demons he had," she said. "I was the glue for such a long time, and I found myself becoming... less and less sticky. The pieces just started to float away."

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