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If You Thought The Christmas Presents You Got Were Bad, Wait Till You See This List Of Over The Top Celebrity Xmas Gifts

Merry Christmas! Did you wake up hungover from all the drinks your cousins forced you to have, feeling like the sugarplums who were so joyously dancing in your head last night turned up so hard that your brain feels like an empty shell? Today is the day of spending time with your loved ones, opening presents, maybe receiving a sweet new phone, perhaps some sweaters you won’t wear, or if you’re lucky, you got something you actually wanted, like a mini Louis Vuitton bag, or a private jet; if you were Rihanna, then you would’ve received an original piece of Jeff Koons art. But alas, we’re mere mortals. So here you have a list of crazy, outrageous, over-the-top Christmas presents celebs have given or received throughout the years. Just to keep you humble. 

Louis Vuitton Bag galore

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Kim Kardashian gifted all of the “baby girls” in the Kardashian/Jenner fam mini LV bags for Christmas! She showed off the merch on her Instagram story, and then Kylie treated us to the moment when Stormi actually received her present. It’s unclear who else received the generous gift, but we can assume Dream, True, and Chicago will all be wearing their matching purses together.

Lady Gaga’s pony

Lady Gaga lived out every little girl’s dream by actually receiving a pony for Christmas. Her record label, Interscope Records, gifted their star this beautiful creature in 2015.

Kanye West’s bizarre art-piece

In 2013, Kim Kardashian West received this very artsy Birkin, hand-painted by George Condo, from Kanye West. The bag along —sans art— cost $16,000.

Kim Kardashian got her hubby and baby, matching presents

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Kim Kardashian West won major mom and wifey points with her matching black Lamborghinis for Kanye West and daughter North. Oh, and this was for Northie’s first Christmas, by the way.

Beyoncé’s definitely not one of Jay-Z’s 99 problems

Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but his Bugatti ain’t one! In 2010 Queen Bey gifted her man the world’s fastest car worth a cool $2 million big ones for his December birthday (let’s hope it qualified for his Christmas present too). But spending this amount of dough is nothing for the superstar couple; Jay-Z rang in the holiday cheer by buying her $350,000 worth of Birkin bags from Hermes.

Mariah Carey’s Mommy-mobile

And speaking of cars, Nick Cannon showed his holiday love for now former wife Mariah Carey with a $400,000 Phantom Rolls-Royce, complete with personalized “mommyMC” license plate back in the day.

Mike Tyson’s GOLD bath-tub, yeah, you read that right.

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Nothing says love like a bathtub made of gold. The fighter splashed out $2.2 million on a 24 karat gold bathtub for his ex-wife Robin Givens. After the marriage broke down, however, so did the value of the iconic bathtub and the extravagant gift was put to auction in 2013. Derwood Hodgegrass bought the bath for a cool $1.2 million, almost half the price of what Tyson originally paid. 

Justin Bieber’s modest ‘treat-yourself’ moment

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New jet for Christmas, and she's beautiful

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In 2014, the pop singer was all about the gift of giving, by buying himself a private jet. Showing off his new toy, the “Baby” singer posted a selfie inside his new plane with the caption: “New jet for Christmas, and she’s beautiful”.

Rihanna’s expensive af art-piece

Riri once found an original Jeff Koons sculpture under the tree. The sculpture was a gift from the creative director of Fenty Corp. How much could this collection of random pool toys on a stool be worth, you ask? A similar piece sold for $5M and Koons’ famed enormous balloon animals were auctioned off for upwards of $50M a piece.

J.Lo’s throne

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Affleck bought his former wife a jewel-encursted toilet seat. It’s only natural that the pop-star’s former beau only wanted the very best for his girl’s derriere. Reportedly he told a friend, “Jennifer is my princess and she deserves only the best—even when it comes to toilets.” The toilet seat, which Affleck supposedly designed himself, featuring, rubies, sapphires and a diamond, cost a whopping $105,000. How’s that for a throne?

Best Gifts To Send Your Mom This Year While She’s Stuck At Home

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Best Gifts To Send Your Mom This Year While She’s Stuck At Home

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Dyson’s Mother’s Day Supersonic Hair Dryer

At $399.99, the mother’s day set includes Dyson-designed 1.4″ Round brush and Dyson-designed Detangling comb. It’s a total splurge but worth the cost considering you get to snag two gifts with the blowdryer. Check it out here.

Foreo Luna Play Plus

This travel-size, facial cleansing device removes impurities for a clearer, smoother-looking complexion.

Price $49.00 and buy it here.

Bath & Bodyworks Linen and Lavender calendar

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For just $24.50, this calendar will be the ultimate stand-in for that spa treatment you wanted to give your mom this year but can’t because of quarantine. Laced with the smell of crisp linen, lavender sea salt, and fresh air breeze with essential oils you can get it here.

Everlane’s Japanese GoWeave Long Slip Dress

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Perfect for lounging at home while stuck at home. This long slip dress is closet essential and this one comes in Everlane’s very own wrinkle-resistant, drapey Japanese GoWeave. With a little slit up the side, it makes for the perfect slip-on to make you feel comfy and chic at home. For $88 you can but it here.

mitú’s Chisme With Mom Hits Different Tee

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Your very first chisme was a special moment in your life. And who was there? Your madre. She’s been your day one chisme sensei since that very first beautiful moment she told you the vecina lied about her “Michael Coors” purse. Honor your mom with this tee by buying it here.

Reina de Los Tamales Embroidered Apron

Praise your Queen of Tamales for Mother’s Day with the sweetest apron of all time. Buy it here.

Brandes Fashion Luxury Travel Tote Pet Carrier

Perfect for mom’s beloved cat or small dog, this sweet bag will have your mom traveling in style while ensuring the utmost comfort for her little fur baby. But it here.

Garden Greeting Pot

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For the mom with a green thumb, these sweet set of plants are perfect. Handmade and charmingly crafted these colorful planters make the perfect little gift. Buy it here for $24.99.

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.