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MariahGMAMariah Carey is best remembered for her astounding success throughout the 90's, when a rare five-octave vocal range brought almost overnight success.

Her very first single, Vision of Love, was quickly followed by hit after hit with such chartbusters as Love Takes Time, I Don't Want to Cry, Dreamlover, Hero, and Always Be My Baby.

However, with an almost fatal combination of personal setbacks and hard luck, the close of the 90's decade also put a temporary cap on her career.

Early Career

The youngest child of three siblings, Mariah Carey was born March 27, 1970 in Huntington, Long Island in New York. Her mother of Irish descent, and father of Venezuelan-African descent, were later divorced, which left the family struggling financially - and Mariah dreaming of hitting it big with her extraordinary voice, recognized as such by her family when Mariah was only three. Although she eventually took her diploma, most of Carey's high school years were spent trying to jump-start a recording career.

Initially breaking through as a backup singer, a fateful encounter at age 20 with future husband, Tommy Mottola, would later change her life forever. Mesmerized by a demo tape that the singer gave him at a party, the Columbia label music producer later tracked Carey down and, as the story goes, immediately signed her to a recording contract.

Skyrocketing Rise, and Fall

Carey went on to become the only musical artist to have a No. 1 single every year in the 1990's and, to date, retains the title of biggest selling female artist in recording history.

However, a much-publicized divorce from Tommy Mottola in 1998 was later followed by a slow decline in popularity - as critics charged the singer with creating formula hits for an increasingly disenchanted audience.

Further tarnishing Carey's reputation was her bid for movie stardom in 2001 with an almost universally panned appearance in Glitter, a box office disaster. After a notoriously strange appearance on MTV's Total Request Live, she was admitted to a hospital suffering from physical and emotional exhaustion and announced she was taking a break from performing.

Emancipation

Carey enjoyed renewed superstar status with her aptly titled album, The Emancipation of Mimi (her nickname) and received widespread critical acclaim for signature power ballads and club hits in collaborations with hip-hop stars Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Twista and Jermain Dupri.

In 2005, Carey scored her 16th career number one single on Billboard's Hot 100 with We Belong Together and according to USA Today, her latest effort reflected "the renewed confidence of a songbird who has taken her shots and kept on flying."

Returning in full "pop diva" mode, Carey was a featured performer at the BET Awards, and her hit We Belong Together was up for two nominations at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best R&B Video. She also walked off with trophies at the American Music Awards, and won for Best R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards in 2006.

Shortly following the release of her long-awaited new album, E=MC² in April 2008, rumors buzzed the Web that the curvaceous singer had married video co-star Nick Cannon in a secret wedding ceremony, later confirmed on nationwide television on the Oprah Winfrey show when the talk show host previewed People magazine's wedding pictures of the newlyweds following their ceremony.

The following year, Carey was back on the Hollywood set in a minor but memorable role as a social worker in Precious for which she garnered rave reviews. In 2011, on her third wedding anniversary to Nick Cannon, Carey gave birth to twins named Monroe and Moroccan (the couple would later divorce in 2015.).

The following year, it was announced that the singer would be joining the judging panel on the hit reality competition show, American Idol (a stint that Carey later recalled as "the worst experience of my life.") Meanwhile, Carey was also back in the recording studio for her 14th studio album released in May 2013.

" #1 to Infinity" is a compilation of greatest hits released in 2015. Later in the year, Carey headed to Las Vegas to headline a show of the same name at the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. 

More about Mariah Carey around the Web:


Mariah Carey.com - The official site featuring the latest news, tour schedule, video and audio clips and downloads, a picture gallery of childhood, career and fan photos, message board, online store, fan club details.

The Mariah Carey Archives - Wall-to-wall news about the pop diva including biography, discography, message board, and what may be the largest link list to the star anywhere.

MTV.com - Mariah Carey - Complete bio, discography, audio and video clips, ringtones, photo gallery and the latest news stories on the singer's career.

Mariah Carey Lyrics - Lyrics on Demand - Extensive directory of Mariah Carey lyrics by album including Emancipation of Mimi, Remixes, Charmbracelet, Glitter, Rainbow, Butterfly, Daydream, as well as her complete No. 1 hits.

 

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