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Mariah Carey Will Always Be The Queen Of Christmas And Here Are All Of The Reasons Why

Mariah Carey has firmly held the white and red pompon crown since the debut of her 1994 Christmas album and “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Every year, she systematically and steadily usurps Santa Claus as the most important Christmas figure.

There’s a reason her reputation has only grown stronger almost 25 years later: she goes harder at Christmas than anyone. From casual strolls around the block to annual performances of that iconic album, Carey embodies all that is Christmas.

Mariah Carey released her album “Merry Christmas” in 1994 and it is still a cultural phenomenon.

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Carey wasn’t sure if she had the musical clout to release the album so early in her career but she went for it. Everyone who celebrates Christmas is so happy that she did, tbh.

Her “Merry Christmas” album, especially the song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” always makes it back to the Billboard Top 100 charts this time of year.

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There is no surprise when you think about it. Carey has been the Christmas icon so many of us recognize and admire. Not only does her song keep coming back, she also has Christmas concerts and spends the days of December sharing her love of Christmas nonstop.

The meme community fully recognizes her royalty status.

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While Carey recently dropped a new album, “Caution,” all I’ve listened to today is “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” ‘Tis the season to see Carey all over your Twitter feed.

She’s already hanging out with The Rockettes.

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Carey made an appearance when radio station 107.9 switched over to Christmas music, debuting with the Queen of Christmas’ “All I Want for Christmas Is You” track. Of course she had to drop by to say hi. Someone mentioned Christmas.

Her Buena Noche outfit last year was legendary.

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Caption: “@MariahCarey spotted in Aspen on Christmas eve”

It’s Aspen. We’re over here in Los Angeles wearing three layers of flannel pajamas to keep warm when it drops to 50 degrees, but she is flawless.

She only takes interviews on board a Christmas sleigh, as she should.

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Okay, that’s not entirely true, but it’s how it should be. She is Christmas royalty and this seems like the most appropriate setting for a Christmas time interview with her.

Last year, she brought her kids to meet real live reindeers with Santa, of course.

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Note that Santa Claus is in the backdrop. It’s the only place he belongs when Mariah Carey is involved. La Reina is front and center.

She’s made it puro claro that the tree stays up long after Three Kings Day.

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The Queen of Christmas has spoken. That’s why my mami has a “year round Christmas tree.” She decorates it for Fourth of July, tambien.

Oh, her album is the best selling Christmas album of all time.

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When copies were a thing, it sold over 15 million copies. When ringtones were a thing, it was the best selling holiday ringtone of all time. There is no stopping the power of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Because of her track record, she’s gone on to write songs for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000).

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Her musical and Christmas prowess really made the film everything that it is. Who else could pull together such amazing Christmas music for a film?

She then released a second Christmas album in 2010.

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She called it “Merry Christmas II You.” Get it? The album debuted at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, making it the second ever Christmas album to top that chart.

Then she dueted “All I Want for Christmas is You” with Justin Bieber.

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She literally can’t get enough of the Christmas compilations. Wonder when the Christmas music starts playing in her head?

Carey told Jimmy Fallon that her urge to listen to Christmas music is so strong she has to create rules to moderate herself.

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“I have this rule where I try to get through Thanksgiving. I don’t like when people rush it because once I start, I don’t stop until after like almost New Year’s,” she told Fallon.

When her label first asked her to write the Christmas album, she thought it was too early in her career.

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She’s that humble. Her love of Christmas eventually took over and she decided to give it a shot. Good thing she did.

She once rejected the title, “Queen of Christmas.”

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She told People that she doesn’t “accept that name because I feel like it’s [too much].” Only a true queen would say that. Spoken like a true royal.

“All year long I just wait and I look forward to cooking and just like decorating the Christmas tree.”

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She told People that she has actually has “a few different Christmas trees, and we decorate some of them and some of them there’s a lady that helps us with that, and then there’s one that the kids and I do together with my extended family and friends.”

She even has an animated movie coming out this year called “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

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We cannot freakin’ wait. Want to know why? Because all I want for Christmas is Mariah Carey in all her Christmas glory.

For the last five years she’s kicked off  the holiday season in Rockefeller Centre.

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She’s not giving up that title this year. Though she’s had to cancel several holiday performances because of an ‘illness’, she’s still breathing life into all of us with three of her albums in the top charts already.

The Lambily agrees. Carey is our forever Queen of Christmas.

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I don’t care how humble you are about it, Mariah. The only photos I want to ever see of you are with your eight personal Christmas trees in the backdrop.

Fact: Santa’s reputation is gone.

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Caption: “Most people don’t know this, but this was the last time anyone saw Santa Claus publicly before Mariah Carey usurped his position, thus becoming Queen of Christmas.” Verdad.

Because we all know this to be true:

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without Mariah Carey, i.e. Mariah Carey must exist for Christmas to exist, i.e. Mariah Carey invented Christmas. That’s how math works.


READ: Let’s See If You Can Ace This Lyrics Quiz On Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

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Cardi B and Mariah Carey Teamed Up to Talk About Confidence, Insecurity, and Prejudice in the Music Industry

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Cardi B and Mariah Carey Teamed Up to Talk About Confidence, Insecurity, and Prejudice in the Music Industry

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At first glance, you may not think Cardi B and Mariah Carey have much in common. But the two chart-topping divas might actually be more similar than they are different.

Cardi B once called herself the “strip-club Mariah Carey”, so Interview magazine recruited the Afro-Venezuelan songstress herself to interview Belcalis.

In a new conversation in Interview magazine, Cardi B and Mariah Carey teamed up to talk about the challenges they’ve had to face as famous women of color coming from tough backgrounds.

And in case you thought otherwise, Mariah Carey was not throwing any softballs. The conversation was intense. The women covered everything from confidence, to body image, to prejudice in the music industry. It didn’t seem like either of the women held back.

Mimi opened the interview by asking Cardi if she ever felt beautiful as a child. Surprisingly, Cardi responded opened up about a topic that society doesn’t take about very often: anti-Blackness in the Latino community.

“I’m Trini and I’m Dominican, there’s a lot of Dominicans that look a certain type of way [in the Bronx]. They have soft, pretty, curly hair. Growing up, guys would ask me weird questions like, ‘If you’re Dominican, why is your hair so nappy?'”

Cardi went on to admit that she bleached and permed her hair when she was young to the point where she damaged her hair. But she soon learned to take care of her natural hair and appreciate it for what it was.

Cardi’s confession about her hair prompted Mariah to reveal her own vulnerable story. “It was a very traumatizing thing for me having a black father and a white mother, because my mother, who raised me, didn’t really know about textured hair,” Mariah said.

The superstar duo also touched on the sensitive topics of racism and prejudice in the music and fashion industries.

In fact, MC point-blank asked Cardi B: “Do you feel that the record industry or the fashion industry, from your perspective, is inherently racist?”. Cardi explained that she wouldn’t technically use the word racist, but has “felt prejudice.”

“I have been involved in endorsement deals, and then I found out that certain white people got more money for their deals from the same company,” she said. “So it’s like, ‘When you’re not paying me what you’re paying these other people, why is that?’ It’s kind of insulting.”

Cardi also added that Black artists have a tougher time getting dressed by designers and getting seats at fashion shows, even though hip-hop culture influences fashion in so many ways.

Cardi B and Mariah Carey then bonded over the fact that both of them could only be themselves throughout their careers in the public eye.

Mariah applauded the fact that the public doesn’t require celebrities to have a squeaky-clean image anymore. “I do think people are much more accepting now,” she said. “…I do feel like people are, at least in some circles, allowed to be themselves and express themselves more than they were back in the day.”

“People expected me to be something specific, but I can only be me,” she added. “We’re similar in that way.”

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Mariah Carey Perfectly Shades the NFL By Calling Super Bowl Sunday ‘Colin Kaepernick Appreciation Day’

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Mariah Carey Perfectly Shades the NFL By Calling Super Bowl Sunday ‘Colin Kaepernick Appreciation Day’

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Mariah Carey continues to show us that it’s her world and we’re just living in it. The Songbird Supreme has never been shy about standing up for what she believes in, now matter how salty her critics can get.

On Sunday, when the rest of America was glued to their TV screens watching the Super Bowl, Mariah Carey tweeted out: “Happy Colin Kaepernick Appreciation Day!”

Man interpreted the tweet as shade directed at the NFL for airing a seemingly anti-racism commercial that simultaneously revealed that the organization would be committing $250 million to ending systematic racism.

The commercial consisted of an inspirational speech being played over footage of Black Lives Matter protests.

“Football is a microcosm of America. All races, religions, living, playing, competing, side by side,” said the commercial.

Many viewers pegged the ad and announcement as tone-deaf, considering the NFL’s containing failure to support Colin Kaepernick’s (and now other Black football players’) protests against police brutality.

“Just saw a commercial that the NFL is committing $250 Million to end systemic racism yet they can’t even commit a couple million to get Colin Kaepernick signed to a team…” wrote one skeptical Twitter user.

“The NFL creating a commercial that shows players kneeling, putting “Breonna Taylor” on the back of their helmets, and ends with the league committing $250 million to end systemic racism must have @Kaepernick7 feeling some type of way,” wrote another.

This isn’t the first time Mariah has publicly showed her support for the former quarterback for the 49ers.

In 2018, Carey posted a picture on her Instagram of herself and Kaepernick together in a photo-op that (most of) her fans were going crazy over. She captioned the picture: “Such an honor to meet @kaepernick7 today!”

Carey, who is of Afro-Venezuelan descent, has always been frank about her support of racial equality and the end to police violence. She notably postponed the release of her 30th anniversary album to not detract attention from the BLM movement.

“As we continue to fight for equality and justice within our broken systems, I thank you for using your platforms to educate, inform and invoke change. Together let’s bring on a change,” she wrote on her Instagram.

While she was at it, Mariah also used her Twitter account to bring attention to another grave injustice that took place at a previous Super Bowl: the blackballing of Janet Jackson.

When one fan replied to her “Colin Kapppp appreciation thread” with the tweet, “Don’t forget it’s also Janet Jackson appreciation day,” she responded with a sly: “Yes it is! *Heart emoji*”

Sigh. No one is able to shade like the Queen.

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