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Here Are Some Things Mariah Carey Had To Battle Through Her Whole Life To Be The Diva She Is Today

Mariah Carey is a household name around the world, no question. Her vocal range is truly legendary. The almost 50-year-old singer first became world famous back in 1990 and she’s still dropping tracks in the top charts.

She is the queen of Christmas and the star on top of my tree, but even we were shocked to learn of the targeted racism her biracial family experienced as a child. There is so much more to this Afro-Latina’s story that motivated her to greatness.

Mariah Carey’s father was Afro-Venezuelan and her mother was an Irish opera singer.

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Her paternal grandfather changed his name on Ellis Island from Francisco Nuñez to Carey, like so many immigrants did to adapt to the xenophobia and racism so widely accepted at the time.

Carey’s mother was disowned by her family for eloping with a black man.

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Carey has later opened up saying that she felt neglected and abandoned by her mother’s side of the family growing up. Of course that rejection of something so closely tied to identity affects a kid.

She shocked her parents when she casually imitated her mom’s opera at age two.

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She started having her first voice lessons at age 4. With a mother who was a mezzo-soprano New York City opera singer and a father who was an aeronautical engineer, she was set up for success (in some ways.)

She witnessed racism first hand–crosses burned on her family lawn, the family car blown up, and pets poisoned.

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Her parents divorced when she was three years old and she would sneak the radio under the covers to sing. She’s said that these moments helped her cope with the feeling of ‘otherness’ she experienced as the daughter of divorced parents and being biracial in a harsh world.

In high school, her nickname was “Mirage.”

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Because she was cutting class so often, people would joke that one minute she’s there, the next she’s gone. She’s a mirage.

She studied cosmetology in Manhattan.

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Maybe that worked out because today she has her own cosmetics company which has netted her $150 million. Today she’s one of the top richest women in entertainment.

Carey shared a one bedroom apartment in NYC with four other girls while creating her first demo.

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It wasn’t until she met with rising pop singer Brenda K. Starr that she got her big break–after several rejections from major music labels. Bet they regret that.

Caption: “#tbt when I only owned two dresses – one pink and one black. I met @willsmith on the night of the pink one! LOL”

Today, Carey is the only female artist to have straight No. 1 singles and albums.

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Her debut album earned her two Grammy Awards. She’s since won three more Grammys, 18 World Music Awards, 10 American Music Awards, 32 Billboard Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Carey married the President of Sony Music, Tommy Mottola, in 1993.

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The story goes that he was listening to her demo on the way home and immediately signed her for her debut album with Columbia Records. Apparently, their relationship started to dissolve around the terms of her albums and he was too controlling.

She became vegetarian while she was married to Mottola.

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We don’t know if she still is but we know she stayed the course while in a three year relationship to Luis Miguel.

Her and Nick Cannon met while shooting a music video for “Bye Bye” on an island off the coast of Antigua.

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The got married real quick and when Oprah asked Carey about their 11-year age gap, she just said, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.”

The couple had twins a few years later.

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Right after their marriage, the couple apparently got pregnant but miscarried. They didn’t tell anyone until after they announced the twins.

Carey bought Marilyn Monroe’s white baby grand piano for $662,500.

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Monroe is one of her ultimate icons and inspired the name for her daughter, Monroe Cannon. Their son’s name, Moroccan, is named after the place where Cannon proposed to Carey. It wasn’t in Morocco, but their room was Moroccan-styled.

Carey can hit two octaves higher than a normal soprano.

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A skilled soprano can reach three octaves. She can hit five.

Some critics have even said that Mariah to date has produced the highest note ever made by a human voice during the 1991 MTV Music Video Awards in her performance of “Emotions.”

Carey has received the GLAAD Ally Award in 2016 for her support of the LGBT community.

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She even developed a Pride clothing line of which some of the proceeds would be donated to GLAAD.

Her legs are insured for $1 billion.

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After signing on to head Gilette’s “Legs of a Goddess” campaign, she decided the time was ripe to finally insure those killer legs.

Carey uses her platform to state the obvious: #BlackLivesMatter

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She’s used her social media platforms to tweet #JusticeForSandy and posted honorific photos of her and Kaepernick on her Instagram.

Caption: “Such an honor to meet @kaepernick7 today!”

Carey was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder in 2001.

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Just this April she opened up with People to say, “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”

She has a personal limo for her dog, Jack.

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Like, she loves this dog. She’s brought him onstage to the 2012 NFL Kick-Off Concert, walks him in stilettos around down, and brings him to interviews. After her rescued dog had puppies (she was told she was spayed), she just kept them all.

She even produced a Christmas film about animated Mariah meeting a homeless mutt (Jack) and giving him a dream life.

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The little girl at first struggles to have patience for such a clumsy, energetic, needy puppy but eventually understands how to treat her adopted baby. The film teaches kids everywhere how to be gentle and loving with their animals, who should all come from shelters.

Oh, and she’s the queen of Christmas.

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When she was asked to create a Christmas album early in her career, at first she felt like she didn’t have the music credibility to make it work, but she loves Christmas so she went for it.

It has charted every holiday season since its release in 1994, this year the highest since its release.


READ: Mariah Carey Will Always Be The Queen Of Christmas Even If She Doesn’t Want The Title

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Eminem’s New Song ‘Unaccommodating’ Talks About The Bombing Of Ariana Grande’s Concert And People Are Offended

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Eminem’s New Song ‘Unaccommodating’ Talks About The Bombing Of Ariana Grande’s Concert And People Are Offended

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Eminem’s new album has been getting a lot of backlash —granted, there’s no surprise there. But there’s one song in particular that has Ariana Grande fans fuming. It looks like the real Slim Shady referenced the 2017 bombing that took place during an Ariana Grande concert in one of his songs, and Arianators are not having it. 

Eminem’s new album, which dropped Friday, includes the track “Unaccommodating.”

The song contains the lyrics: “But I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game/Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting.” Fans are steaming mad over the lyrics, which they say, make light of the Manchester Arena bombing. The 2017 terror attack killed 23 people, and happened during one of the “thank u, next” singer’s concerts.

To make things worse, the song samples an explosion sound effect, which many are calling disrespectful.

The 47-year-old raps the line against a backdrop of an explosion sound effect, and Twitter users were quick to express their disapproval. “Eminem really mocked the Manchester bombing on his new album? Does he not realize that kids and teenagers lost their lives that night?,” wrote one user. 

Others think he should stop making music altogether…

Real talk, Eminem is such a piece of trash for making a punchline out of the 22 people who died in the Manchester attack,” one person wrote on Twitter. 

The BBC reports that Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is among those who are unhappy with Eminem’s lyrics.

In a statement, the mayor further explained: “This is unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespectful to the families and all those affected.”

Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett died in the attack, also voiced her disapproval.

“Feels like he is piggybacking on the fame of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber and says distasteful things about other celebrities,” she wrote on Twitter after being informed of the two songs on Friday, “Not clever. Totally pointless. And before all Eminem fans pounce on me, I am not interested and will not engage.”

Murray has campaigned for the introduction of Martyn’s Law, which would require venues to introduce more stringent security checks. She later deleted the tweet after receiving backlash.

“Unaccommodating” is a song off of Eminem’s new album, Music To Be Murdered by. 

Fans of the rapper have taken to social media to defend him, with some pointing out that the entirety of his album is actually about gun violence and mental health. Others reminded Eminem’s critics that the rapper helped raise money at the time of the Manchester attack in order to support the victims and their families.

Eminem previously pledged his support to victims of the bombing in 2017.

The rapper urged fans to donate money to families who had been affected.

This is not the first time the 47-year-old has referenced the attack in song.

In a 2018 freestyle, he rapped about a brainwashed suicide bomber “seeing Ariana Grande sing her last song of the evening/And as the audience from the damn concert is leaving/Detonates the device strapped to his abdominal region.”

In a contrast to the Manchester Arena lyric, the album’s lead single, Darkness, advocates tighter gun control laws in the US.

The song and video reference the 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting in Las Vegas, in which 58 people died, with Eminem playing the role of an isolated, mentally-disturbed character who plots a murderous rampage to gain notoriety. The video ends with a montage of news reports from recent mass shootings, captioned: “When will it end? When enough people care.”

Eminem then urges fans to register to vote in the upcoming US elections, writing: “Make your voice heard and help change gun laws in America”.

The video also links to a website with information and links to various anti-gun violence organisations including Everytown For Gun Safety, March For Our Lives and Sandy Hook Promise. It’s not the first time the rapper has addressed the issue. Performing at last year’s iHeartRadio music awards, he delivered a verse attacking the National Rifle Association’s hold over politicians, rapping: “They love their guns more than our children.”

The World Has Finally Seen The Light: Mariah Carey Has Been Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame At Last

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The World Has Finally Seen The Light: Mariah Carey Has Been Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame At Last

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2020 is already proving to be a big year for some of history’s most iconic musicians. The Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have just been announced—and among them are classic artists like the Isley Brothers, Eurythmics, Steve Miller, and the ever-iconic Mariah Carey. Many of this year’s inductees boast prolific careers that span literal decades, and Carey is no exception. She’s best-known for her outrageous vocal range and trademark high-notes, but she’s got some serious songwriting chops, and the time has finally come for that particular gift to be celebrated, too.

“I can’t believe it . . . The SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME!!!!” Carey gushed on Twitter. “This is truly one of the greatest honors of my career,” she wrote, praising previous inductees as well as her peers in “the class of 2020.”

Mariah Carey has won five Grammys over the course of her 30-years-and-counting career, writing or co-writing 18 of her 19 songs that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100. Some of the catchiest pop songs of all time—from 1993’s “Dreamlover” to 1995’s “Fantasy” and “Always Be My Baby”—were penned by Carey herself, and you can’t say that these tunes have never drilled themselves so deep in your head that you were humming them for days (or weeks) on end. (Well, you could say that, but we wouldn’t believe you.)

Although the woman’s got a knack for writing some serious bops, she’s rarely been lauded as the incredible songwriter she is. Carey even expressed frustration at this lack of recognition in a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, acknowledging that it has always been important for her to be responsible for the crafting of her lyrics (her contracts have even stated that she would primarily perform her own original work).

On the topic of her songwriting skills, Carey said, “The average person who is not a fan or [doesn’t] follow what I do . . . they just don’t know, because I’m not seen sitting behind a piano or strumming a guitar, for the most part.” She added, “I’ve had those moments, but that’s not really what people associate me with.”

And it’s true—people usually associate Carey with her powerful voice, a key ingredient to her abundant success (and her long list of record-breaking accolades).

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As a vocalist, Carey has logged the highest number of weeks spent at the top of the charts (79 in total!), and her characteristic alto/soprano sound has made her a timeless, international sensation—the global obsession with “All I Want For Christmas (Is You)” led to a series of historic firsts. For example: it made Carey the first artist to top the singles charts in four separate decades; as a resurrected 2019 holiday bop, it was the first-ever song to top the Billboard Hot 100 before disappearing entirely; and it earned her a 2020 Guinness World Record for the “highest-charting holiday (Christmas/New Year) song on the US Hot 100 by a solo artist.”

Damn, Mimi. When she told Rolling Stone that “oftentimes people put [songwriting] as a secondary thing, and for me it’s always at the top of the gifts I could be so thankful to have,” we heard her loud and clear. And the folks at the Songwriters Hall of Fame seem to have finally gotten the message.

In a statement about the prestigious award, Songwriters Hall of Fame chairmain said: ““The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the third thing you need to know is it’s about the song.” He added, “I am very proud that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time and that the 2020 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres, ethnicity and gender, writers who have enriched our lives and in their time literally transformed music and helped make it what it is today.”

Without a doubt, the landscape of music today would be very different without Mariah Carey’s impact. 

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In a 2008 blurb for Time Magazine, Stevie Wonder wrote, “When people talk about the great influential singers, they talk about Aretha, Whitney and Mariah. That’s a testament to her talent. Her range is that amazing.”

A legend himself, Stevie Wonder was right—everyone from Beyonce to Missy Elliott (who was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year) to Ariana Grande have cited Mariah Carey as a major influence. Carey’s signature melismatic singing style has shaped popular music in an undeniable and major way (think: Beyonce/Jennifer Hudson/Christina Aguilera vocals, how ubiquitous and fundamental they are to the current state of pop). All in all, there’s no questioning it: Mariah Carey is a force to be reckoned with, and her extensive oeuvre includes some pretty praise-worthy lyrical prowess.