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Mariah Carey, born and March 27, 1969, in Huntington, N.Y., rose to fame in 1990 and continues to be a household name thanks in part to her five-octave vocal range and being the 'Queen of Christmas.' Look back at the most famous, and infamous, moments of the singer, songwriter, actress and record producer.
Mariah Carey has long been one of the best-selling music artists, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide. In addition to her commercial success, the singer has won countless awards. In 1991, she accepted two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Mariah Carey has long been among the best-selling music artists, with over 200 million records sold worldwide. In addition to her commercial success, the singer has won countless awards. In 1991, she accepted two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Carey's love life has also played out in the public eye. She married her first husband Tommy Mottola in 1993, though they were divorced five years later. Here, she leaves the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York following her first wedding.
Carey’s love life has also played out in the public eye. She married her first husband Tommy Mottola in 1993, though they were divorced five years later. Here, she leaves the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York following her first wedding.
Mariah Carey takes in the applause after she received the Artist of the Decade award at the Billboard Music Awards on Dec. 8, 1999.
Mariah Carey takes in the applause after she received the Artist of the Decade award at the Billboard Music Awards on Dec. 8, 1999.
The award-winning singer performs at the VH1 Divas concert in 2000 alongside Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Faith Hill, Destiny's Child, RuPaul and The Supremes.
The award-winning singer performed at the VH1 Divas concert in 2000 alongside Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Faith Hill, Destiny’s Child, RuPaul and The Supremes.
The awards keep rolling in for the famed singer! Carey won the Award of Achievement at the American Music Awards on Jan. 17, 2000. Award-winning singer Olivia Newton-John presented her with the award.
The awards keep rolling in for the famed singer! Carey won the Award of Achievement at the American Music Awards on Jan. 17, 2000. Award-winning singer Olivia Newton-John presented her with the award.
The pop star headed to Kosovo to speak to the troops before she performed as part of the United Service Organization tour in Dec. of 2001.
The pop star headed to Kosovo to speak to the troops before she performed as part of the United Service Organization tour in Dec. of 2001.
Singing her hit song
Singing her hit song “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey had the honor of performing at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, 2006. Yet by the end of the night, Carey did more than just that – the singer won for Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best R&B Song (“We Belong Together”) and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (“We Belong Together”).
Carey put down the mic and traded it for a baseball at the first pitch ceremony for Japan's professional baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles at the Tokyo Dome stadium on May, 28, 2008.
Carey put down the mic and traded it for a baseball at the first pitch ceremony for Japan’s professional baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles at the Tokyo Dome stadium on May 28, 2008.
During the first inauguration of 44th President of the United States Barack Obama, Mariah Carey performed at the first-ever Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, which offered free or low-priced tickets for ordinary citizens. She sang her award-winning song
During the first inauguration of the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama, Mariah Carey performed at the first-ever Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, which offered free or low-priced tickets for ordinary citizens. She sang her award-winning song “Hero” in honor of the president who made history. “It’s fitting for him,” she said in a 2009 interview.
At the 2012 BET Awards, Carey shared the stage with her then-husband Nick Cannon and son Moroccan after accepting the Entertainer Award on Jan. 14, 2012.
At the 2012 BET Awards, Carey shared the stage with her then-husband Nick Cannon and son Moroccan after accepting the Entertainer Award on Jan. 14, 2012.
Taking her stardom to the next level, Mariah Carey was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 5, 2015, nearly 25 years after her debut album.
Taking her stardom to the next level, Mariah Carey was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 5, 2015, nearly 25 years after her debut album.
After splitting with Nick Cannon in 2014, Mariah Carey met Australian billionaire James Packer. In January of 2016, the two announced they were engaged, though nearly nine months later it was announced that the engagement ended.
After splitting with Nick Cannon in 2014, Mariah Carey met Australian billionaire James Packer. In January 2016, the two announced they were engaged, though nearly nine months later it was announced that the engagement ended.
Mariah Carey popped champagne during her
Mariah Carey popped champagne during her “Mariah’s World” discussion panel at the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour on Aug. 3, 2016. The eight-part series followed Carey as she kicked off her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy” world tour.
Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve performance in Times Square made headlines, though most likely not in the way she would've liked. The live show experienced sound problems, leaving Carey unable to hear the backup vocals. The star appeared flustered and frustrated on stage, but later tweeted,
Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square made headlines, though most likely not in the way she would’ve liked. The live show experienced sound problems, leaving Carey unable to hear the backup vocals. The star appeared flustered and frustrated on stage but later tweeted, “S–t happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”
Never one to miss a good photo op, Carey showed off her
Never one to miss a good photo op, Carey showed off her “workout” as she climbed the stairs in heels and fishnet stockings on Feb. 3, 2017.
Mariah Carey performs at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on Dec. 31, 2017, in New York City.
Mariah Carey performs at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on Dec. 31, 2017, in New York City.
(L-R) Monroe Cannon, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and Moroccan Scott Cannon attend Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018, in Inglewood, Calif.
(L-R) Monroe Cannon, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and Moroccan Scott Cannon attend Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018, in Inglewood, Calif.
Mariah Carey performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Oct. 9, 2018, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Mariah Carey performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Oct. 9, 2018, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Mariah Carey accepts the Icon Award during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mariah Carey accepts the Icon Award during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mariah Carey (L) and Heidi Klum pose for a photo at Klum's 20th Annual Halloween Party in New York City on Oct. 31, 2019.
Mariah Carey (L) and Heidi Klum pose for a photo at Klum’s 20th Annual Halloween Party in New York City on Oct. 31, 2019.
Mariah Carey lights the Empire State Building in celebration of the 25th anniversary of
Mariah Carey lights the Empire State Building in celebration of the 25th anniversary of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at the Empire State Building on Dec. 17, 2019, in New York City.

US singer Mariah Carey speaks onstage during the Songwriters Hall of Fame 51st Annual Induction and Awards Gala in New York on June 16, 2022. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Mariah Carey speaks onstage during the Songwriters Hall of Fame 51st Annual Induction and Awards Gala in New York on June 16, 2022.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 26: (L-R) Mariah Carey and Latto perform onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)
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(L-R) Mariah Carey and Latto perform onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022, in Los Angeles, Calif.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Miley Cyrus accepts the "Best Pop Solo Performance" Award for "Flowers" from Mariah Carey onstage during the 66th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 04, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
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Miley Cyrus accepts the “Best Pop Solo Performance” Award for “Flowers” from Mariah Carey onstage during the 66th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles, Calif.

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