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

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.

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Trump Supporters Who Stormed The U.S. Capitol Are Learning That Their Actions Have Consequences

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Trump Supporters Who Stormed The U.S. Capitol Are Learning That Their Actions Have Consequences

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Yes, it’s true: 2020 set the bar low but 2021 has proven quickly that it will also have no chill.

Last week marked the first week back to WFH offices in the new year for quite a few people. And though so many of us expected that the break would bring a relaxed mood for even just a little bit, Republicans ruined the tone and extremists came out guns blazing. Literally. Last week, Trump supporters infiltrated the U.S. state Capitol in a coup and now many of them are paying the price.

For his part in the insurrection, Donald Trump no longer has access to social media, and those who stormed the capitol well… they’re facing arrests.

Capitol rioters are learning that their actions have consequences.

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According to reports, twenty federal criminal defendants related to the deadly pro-Trump riot at the US Capitol “have been rounded up across the country since the insurrection, with the allegations showing the danger of the mob.”

One of the federal defendants, Jacob Chansley, who stormed the Capitol building while wearing a bearskin headdress, face paint, and horns was arrested last week. According to court documents, he told the FBI he came to Washington “as a part of a group effort, with other ‘patriots’ from Arizona, at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6, 2021.”

It’s important to note here while the Capitol riot resulted in the arrests of several people, “the charges filed so far have dealt with issues such as trespassing, disorderly contact, and weapon possession, not terrorism” according to Snopes. “While officials have opened domestic terrorism investigations, the FBI has not made any announcements designating everyone in attendance at the rally as a terrorist.”

This means that despite current trending Twitter hashtags, many of those who took part in the coup are not being kicked off of lights as they attempt to fly back home. As Snopes notes the people in these videos have not been added to no-fly lists.

On Sunday, Jan. 10 a video claimed to show a person discovering that they had been placed on the no-fly list for participating in a pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol went viral. In the video, the man could be heard saying: “This is what they do to us. They kicked me off the plane. They called me a f*cking terrorist, and they f*ckin’ want to ruin my life!”

The video does show a person being kicked off of a flight, but it doesn’t seem that they were added to a “no-fly list” which is managed by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center and prohibits terrorists from boarding commercial aircraft. Instead, it seems the footage shows anti-maskers being escorted off of planes for refusing to wear their masks.

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Mariah Carey And Ariana Grande Harmonized Their Whistle Tones On ‘Oh Santa!’ And 2020 Is Saved

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Mariah Carey And Ariana Grande Harmonized Their Whistle Tones On ‘Oh Santa!’ And 2020 Is Saved

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Mariah Carey is the queen of Christmas and Christmas music. Well, she is at it again with her new Christmas boop “Oh Santa!” The Queen of Christmas is joined by Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande to bring a little ray of light this holiday season after a crazy 2020.

First of all, Mariah Carey has heard your 2020 woes and has gifted you all a new Christmas anthem with “Oh Santa!”

“Oh Santa!” is an upbeat and exciting new Christmas tune that is here to save us from the depressive 2020 we have been experiencing. The music video is filled with lights, red and green outfits, three unstoppable divas, dancing elf, and a partridge in a pear tree. It is the second most exciting thing to happen in 2020, just behind the vaccine news for Covid-19.

The girl group for Santa is clearly an exciting achievement for Carey.

There is something so magical about these amazing ladies takin the stage in the music video and making our Christmas wishes come true. If you didn’t know you needed this festive mega-collab, give “Oh Santa!” listen. You quarantine 2020 Christmas is about to get so much better thanks to these three unstoppable divas.

Fans are living for the moment where Grande and Carey harmonized.

Not just a normal harmonization. Puh-lease. As if these women would do anything normal and expected. The two singers made it a point to harmonize their whistle tones and it was clearly the work of Christmas magic. Carey is basically Christmas personified so it just makes sense that she would be able to create this magically music Christmas moment.

The musical icons have such similar voices that this moment needs to be experienced by everyone.

It is truly a magical moment. Something to behold, tbh. There are few things in this world that can spark a lot of joy in people given the spectacularly terrible year 2020 has been but “Oh Santa!” does just that. We are literally here for any and all special moments to make the rest of this year even halfway better.

Thank you, Mariah. You have blessed us with something great and we can never repay you.

She has taken an otherwise disastrous year and given us something that will keep us moving forward. It gives you another song to play while FaceTiming your mami and papi this year so you can enjoy a spectacularly safe Christmas.

READ: Mariah Carey Says Her Love Of Christmas Was Actually Sparked By Her ‘Dysfunctional’ Upbringing—”I created the Christmases that I wanted to have”

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