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With her unique talent and signature vocal abilities, Mariah Carey commanded the world’s attention when she made her musical debut in the early nineties. In less than a decade, Mariah Carey emerged as one of the most popular and widely acclaimed talents in music. As a singer and songwriter, Carey has been recognized with the most prestigious accolades in the industry including two Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, Billboard's “Artist of the Decade" Award and the World Music Award for “World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium" to name a few. As the best-selling female performer of all time, Mariah Carey has continuously raised the bar and set the standard of excellence within the music industry worldwide.

Carey started singing at the tender age of four and her innate talent quickly progressed. While attending middle school, she began honing her songwriting skills and upon high school graduation she immediately left for New York City to pursue a lifetime ambition - her dream of a musical career.

From the beginning, Carey’s luminous talent quickly distinguished her in New York and her vocals were in demand by a variety of artists. Her major break came while singing backup for Brenda K. Starr, who gave Mariah’s demo tape to then Sony Music Entertainment Chief Tommy Mottola. Soon afterwards, Mottola signed Mariah to her first recording contract with Columbia Records.

With a fresh-face and angelic allure Mariah exploded on the scene with a signature style that displayed a vocal intensity that had never been seen before. Released in 1990, Carey’s self-titled debut was an immense hit, firmly establishing her as one of the most talented artists in the industry. The album which spawned an extraordinary four #1 singles: “Vision of Love,""Love Takes Time,""Someday," and "I Don't Wanna Cry," led to two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Vocalist. Carey continued her success with a series of singles from Emotions and MTV Unplugged albums that consistently placed her at the top of the charts.

With the 1993 release of Music Box, which included the chart-topping hit singles "Dreamlover" and "Hero," Carey produced her most commercially successful album to date going an astounding ten-times platinum. Carey soon hit yet another career milestone with the release of her first holiday album Merry Christmas, which contained the instant classic "All I Want for Christmas is You." Over the next two years, Carey continued her relentless chart domination with the album Daydream (1995). Daydream’s “Fantasy” single debuted at number one, making Mariah the second artist in history and the first female performer to accomplish that feat. The album’s other single, "One Sweet Day" (recorded with Boyz II Men), stayed at the top of the charts for a mind-blowing 16 weeks. Carey followed with the Hip-Hop and R&B infused Butterfly which introduced a new chapter in Mariah’s career teaming her with the hottest names in the music business such as Sean Combs and Missy Elliott.

A true testament to her longevity, Carey released #1’s, a compilation of her chart-topping hits in 1998. The album also included a new song, "When You Believe" (from the film “The Prince of Egypt”), a duet with Whitney Houston, pairing two of the most successful female recording artists in Pop history.Rainbow, with its chart-topping hit "Heartbreaker," followed in 1999 with startling success.

Always at the top of her game, the ever-thriving Carey sparked the interest of the Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam Records who in May 2002 signed her to an exclusive recording contract. Later that year, Carey made her Island Def Jam debut with the release of the multi-platinum Charmbracelet.

After more than a decade of hits that include the staggering success of 15 #1 singles, Carey released her latest self-penned album The Emancipation of Mimi, in April 2005.

THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI, Mariah's 10th studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to 2002's RIAA platinum Charmbracelet. Heralding the new album's release, the New York Times ran unprecedented features two days in a row. In his Critic's Choice selection, Jon Pareles devoted a lengthy review to the album, summing up "Mariah... makes herself a 21st-century pop contender." "A Superstar Returns With Another New Self."
THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart!

This is the truth, the way it is, take it or leave it!
...Carey is back and bigger than ever!
by Tanyo May 13, 2005
 
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One of the greatest singers in the world, in my opinion
Sure you can sing, but not like Mariah
by Christy April 02, 2003
 
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She is the Goddess of music. She has a voice that is parralelled by no other. Her contribution to the music industry is amazing. She broke Hip-Hop and Pop boundaries with her song Fantasy with ODB (may he rest in peace) and set the scene for RnB music today with her album Butterfly.
She has the heart of an angel-providing workshops and motivation to underpriviledged kids with Camp Mariah, granting critically ill kids their final wishes with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, reinstitutionalising music programs in public schools across America with the Save The Music Foundation. She has donated the proceeds of her albums and singles to various efforts such as the train disaster in New York in 1993 where she gave ALL the money made from her inspirational song "Hero"(#1). Proceeds from her album "Unplugged" went to charity. Proceeds from her #1 single Thank God I Found You went to the American Adoptive Agency. These are just some of the things she does.

She writes, sings, produces all of her music. She is an artist that CREATES the most magnificant music in all the land!!

She is also one of the funniest people in all the land!!

There is aslo confusion about Mariah's attitude towards certain races and i assure you she is no racist. Her family and herself, were and continue to be victims of racism as her father is African-American and Venezualen and her mother is Irish-American. Mariah has previously toured in the Phillipines and loved it there. Some people also think Mariah is racist against asians, and i assure you that is the furthest from the truth!! Mariah would never entertain racist thoughts, when she and her family experienced great hights of racism, including having there house shot at, their dogs poisoned, and having their car set on fire. She would never treat anyone with less respect or dignity because of their race!!
Fiften #1 singles

Most time spent at #1 than ANYONE, EVER -yes even the beatles and elvis

The Emancipation of Mimi - OUT APRIL!!
by MariahMakesMeHappy March 29, 2005
 
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the best singer in the world, one hot ass chick, best octave range
"That girl can sing! Is she Mariah Carey?"
by Rebecca July 06, 2003
 
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Number one diva.
"Mariah is num-bah-one di-vaa..."
by mr. beal January 18, 2004
 
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Being an exceptional singer.
That girl sings like Mariah Carey because she sings so well.
by Turq September 20, 2003
 
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A truly amazing singer/songwriter. I dont know how she hits those notes!
Stupid: Mariah can't sing.
Smart: Dude, step out of denial.
Stupid: you're right. Im just jealous.
by no-lies April 07, 2005
 
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a hot R&B singer with both ass and tits
Damn look at Mariah Carey
by -->~*David*~<-- April 21, 2008