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Breaking News: The Queen Of Christmas Has Officially Declared It The Holiday Season

The Easter bunny and the Groundhog have their place in wrangling in their respective seasons and so does Mariah Carey. The Queen of Christmas has officially cut the tape and welcomed in the Christmas season. Cue the jingle bells, falling snowflakes, and the songbird supreme’s breathy Christmas soundtracks we all hold dear.

The Christmas Queen says it’s officially Christmas and so it is so.

The announcement comes after a declaration from Carey last week that it wasn’t appropriate to play Christmas music yet.

In a hilarious post to her Instagram page, Carey shared a series of video clips of her proclaim that it was “not yet” Christmas. 

After a fun Halloween night with friends, the chanteuse shared a hilarious video declaring “breaking news” that the holiday season was officially here. 

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In a short clip shared to her Instagram Carey was dressed in her  ’80s rocker- themed Halloween suit (paired with a fantastic wig) and fell  asleep in her bed at 11:59 p.m.  The video showed the clock officially striking midnight and the date changing to November 1st just as Carey’s iconic holiday single, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” played out. Carey wakes up in the video wearing Christmas pajamas and to a phone call from Santa Claus. It isn’t until Santa greets her with a Ho Ho Ho that Carey proclaims “it’s time!”

It might just be the start of November, but Carey (the official Reina de Christmas) has spoken and fans are already the holiday spirit. 

Not only were Carey’s fan’s on board, but celebrities were quick to reply with excitement as well.

Kelly Ripa replied “YES IT IS!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

Actress Lacey Chabert of Mean Girls wrote It’s time!!!!!🎄😂”

While Reese Witherspoon replied “YESSSS!”

But the fun declaration isn’t the only one by Carey being used by the songstress to ring in the holiday season.

In just the past three days, Carey has shared four other posts about her excitement for Christmas. “Kicking off the festivities with a brand new video cut for All I Want For Christmas Is You (Unreleased Video Footage) ❄🎄 hope you like it!!! Link in bio 💖” In a more recent post to her Instagram, Carey announced she was kicking off the holiday festivities with a new cut of her “All I Want For Christmas Is You” music video. 

She also kicked of the Christmas commercial season with an advertisement for Walkers Chips.

In the video Carey can be seen singing her classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” song and fighting for a bag of the British snack food Walkers. In a post to her Instagram page promoting the commercial, Carey wrote What I really want for Christmas…
#MustBeWalkers @walkers_crisps.” 

The British commercial is just one UK-derived project for the star.

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Carey also shared to her Instagram on early Monday that she has been featured in Cosmo UK’s December Issue with the theme Sleigh Girl Sleigh. In her profile with the UK magazine, Carey revealed how she wrote “All I Want For Christmas Is You”: “”I just sat down, decorated a little tree and put on It’s A Wonderful Life and tried to get into that mood. Then I sat in this small room with a keyboard and started doing little melodies and stuff. I was going over all the things I think about at Christmas time that make me happy and how to turn it around and make it into a love song.” It also details just how the singer celebrates Christmas in her own home. These moments include “getting into a zen Christmas Zone: “I will only allow a harmonious day in my house – you have to comply or you can get out. That’s how you avoid the arguments. You’re not invited if you’re going to cause any drama. There are no fights on Christmas.” and booking a flight to Aspen “

“Christmas officially starts on the 23rd with my extended family. We’re not together, but Nick [Cannon, Mariah’s ex-husband and father to her twins] will usually come by. And usually we’re in Aspen. When I get off the plane, our drivers have All I Want For Christmas… playing, we have hot cocoa and some butterscotch schnapps. Then we’ll go through the woods on a two- horse open sleigh with blankets and real reindeer. It’s freezing cold but it’s beautiful and you’re looking at the stars. It’s an incredible moment I love every year.” Carey admits that she also has two Christmas trees, which includes on in her bedroom and plays party games with her kids.

The takeaways? Mariah Carey has a Christmas celebration that not even your Madre can compete with and Christmas is officially OFFICIALLY here! 

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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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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.