Hello and welcome to the gift that keeps on giving — We Are: The Guard’s ‘Best of Instagram’ column, where we offer you the creme of the crop posts on social media this week. Why? Because I know your focus stayed on this Cardi B/Nicki Minaj fight this whole week. No, it’s okay. I totally understand. *cough* #TeamCardi

Let’s jump right into this, guys. Gird your loins!



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A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Sep 8, 2018 at 2:28pm PDT

RIP Mac. The hip hop world was flipped on its head for another, more serious reason this week. Mac Miller passed away last Friday, and you could literally feel his death reverberate through nearly all music fans. Among the shock and grief was a question that, quite frankly, shouldn’t have come up — what is Ariana Grande going to say? She didn’t need to give us a statement or an answer, and it honestly looks like she didn’t. She expressed enough with one single picture. Thanks for sharing the moment, Ariana.



Next up is… ugh, really guys?

But this is kinda funny! Ed and Taylor are out on a hike being adorkable, and thinking their albums were relevant enough to possibly beat Drake. “Drake is gonna win.” Um, yeah. No-brainer here! Enjoy the cardio though.



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really missing jamaica / my rum phase

A post shared by CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) on Sep 10, 2018 at 11:03am PDT

Charli XCX has been casually reminiscing about her days in Jamaica. No biggie! I also find myself thinking about my rather luxurious trip down to… Long Beach. I can totally relate, girl.



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I’m on my tippie toes in this pic  #nyfw

A post shared by troye sivan (@troyesivan) on Sep 10, 2018 at 3:21am PDT

Artist and musician Troye Sivan gave us an album that automatically shot to possible pop contender for the entire year… and then he went to #NYFW to play with some models.

According to the caption, Troye is standing on his tip-toes, and if that isn’t the most precious thing you’ve seen all week...



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My first day on tour in Australia I saw Mac in the lobby .. he was having a small fling with one of my dancers and asked her to dye his hair pink before tour started.. and then he wrote this dope song called pink bathwater (one of thousand songs you probably will never hear) . He drank whiskey at major lazer after-party is til 4 am.. went back to festival at midday .. played piano like Mozart with the sun blazing down on him.. throw up on stage . Cry a bit, rap some more then pass out in the grass and text me a few hours like where we going next .. next five years I see this guy everywhere .. best people I could always count on.. we made a lot of music in my first studio in Burbank.. he kept getting better and better .. this dude lived so hard was so amazing and talented and still extremely missunderstood.. another video is me and @skrillex on New year's Eve at MSG and Mac just came out at midnight like he was he headliner in his Riddler suit. Fuck I couldn't stop laughing .. he was always there in the middle of the best moments .. and if there wasn't a vibe he created it and made the room brighter .. he radiated positivity, but there wasn't a balance.. the other side was he was deeply insecure and always found substitution for what was missing in his life .. For a second think about the people around you and make sure they are always aware of the love .. don't take a second forgranted. They might need you and you don't even notice it because your too busy .. .. always gonna love you Mac

A post shared by diplo (@diplo) on Sep 7, 2018 at 6:48pm PDT

It’s not just the hip hop world reeling over Mac’s death. Case in point. I always love Diplo’s far-too-revealing posts on Instagram but this one is particularly endearing for Mac Miller’s fans as he provides a brief but vivid glimpse into the joyful man nearly EVERYONE is claiming the man was. And it does come with a good point — check up on your friends. No matter what.



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RM u the real MVP. Happy birthday my brother @bts.bighitofficial

A post shared by Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) on Sep 11, 2018 at 7:46pm PDT

Uh, am I the only one that wasn’t aware that Steve Aoki and K-pop sensation BTS were BFFs? Watch them have a jolly old time celebrating RM’s birthday. Kookiest pair of the week award presented to this gang right ‘chea!



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love you to death @matynoyes

A post shared by NC (@noahcyrus) on Sep 11, 2018 at 2:24pm PDT

Noah C has apparently gotten over her weird-as-hell breakup with Lil Xan and focusing her effort in prepping for her upcoming tour, which will include her best friend, singer Maty Noyes. Peep her Instagram — as it stands, it’s currently a shrine and means of her absolutely gushing over Noyes. Something tells me this tour will be a blast.



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A post shared by MNEK (@mnek) on Sep 8, 2018 at 11:49pm PDT

Hey. Do you like MNEK’s new shirt? Iconic — and you know what? That’s all I can really say…

Toodles! Ciao! So long my little cuties! Until next time.