Mariah Carey Biography

Mariah Carey is a famous singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and philanthropist. Go through this biography to learn more about her profile, childhood, life and timeline.

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Birth Date
27th March, 1970 AD
47 Years
Sun Sign
Aries    Aries Women
1.73 m
Born in
Alfred Roy Carey
Patricia Hickey
Morgan, Alison
Tommy Mottola, Nick Cannon
Moroccan Scott Cannon, Monroe Cannon
Personality Type
Net worth
$520 million as of December 2016
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Harborfields High School
1991 - 2nd Billboard Music Award
1991 - 39th BMI Pop Music Award
1991 - 33rd Grammy Award
1991 - New York City Music Award
1991 - 5th Soul Train Music Award
1991 - Rolling Stone Magazine's Music Award
1992 - 19th American Music Award
1992 - 3rd Billboard Music Award
1992 - 40th BMI Pop Music Award
1993 - 20th American Music Award
1993 - 4th Billboard Music Award
1993 - 41st BMI Pop Music Award
1994 - 12th ASCAP Award
1994 - 8th ARIA Music Award
1994 - 5th Billboard Music Award
1994 - 42nd BMI Pop Music Award
1994 - 37th Golden Otto Bravo Magazine Award
1994 - 1st MTV Europe Music Award
1994 - 8th Smash Hits Award
1994 - Rockefellar Center Award
1995 - 22nd American Music Award
1995 - 13th ASCAP Award
1995 - Archer Award
1995 - 6th Billboard Music Award
1995 - 1st Blockbuster Entertainment Award
1995 - 43rd BMI Pop Music Award
1995 - 4th Echo Preis Award
1995 - 9th Golden Disc Award
1995 - 38th Silver Otto Bravo Magazine Award
1995 - 9th Smash Hits Award
1995 - Top 10 Magazine Award
1996 - 23rd American Music Award
1996 - 7th Billboard Music Award
1996 - 2nd Blockbuster Entertainment Award
1996 - 44th BMI Pop Music Award
1996 - 38th Bronze Otto Bravo Magazine Award
1996 - 1st IFPI Platinum Europe Award
1996 - 10th Golden Disc Award
1996 - 38th NARM Award
1996 - 2nd TMF Award
1996 - 11th National Dance Music Award
1996 - 8th World Music Award
1997 - 15th ASCAP Award
1997 - 45th BMI Pop Music Award
1997 - 2nd IFPI Platinum Europe Award
1997 - 39th Silver Otto Bravo Magazine Award
1997 - VH1 Viewers Poll Award
1998 - 25th American Music Award
1998 - 9th Billboard Music Award
1998 - 4th Blockbuster Entertainment Award
1998 - 46th BMI Pop Music Award
1998 - 3rd IFPI Platinum Europe Award
1998 - 12th Golden Disc Award
1998 - 4th International Achievement In Arts Award
1998 - Long Island Music Award
1998 - 4th Lady of Soul Award
1998 - 10th World Music Award
1999 - 10th Billboard Music Award
1999 - 5th Blockbuster Entertainment Award
1999 - 47th BMI Pop Music Award
1999 - 20th Congressional Award Foundation
1999 - 4th IFPI Platinum Europe Award
1999 - 30th NAACP Image Award
1999 - 15th NABOB Award
2000 - 18th ASCAP Award
1999 - 71st Academy Award
1999 - 4th BFCA Award
2000 - 48th BMI Pop Music Award
2000 - 27th American Music Award
2000 - 6th Blockbuster Entertainment Award
2000 - 1st NRJ Music Award
2000 - 14th Golden Disc Award
2000 - DMX Music Award
2000 - 10th World Music Award
2001 - 12th Billboard Music Award
2001 - 1st BMI Urban Music Award
2001 - 11th Make-A-Wish Foundation's 2000 Chris Greicius Award
2001 - 3rd Radio Music Award
2002 - 1st Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Award
2002 - 22nd Golden Raspberry Award
2003 - American Heroes Award
2003 - 14th Billboard Music Award
2003 - 8th IFPI Platinum Europe Award
2005 - 33rd American Music Award
2005 - 57th Bambi Award
2005 - 5th BET Award
2005 - 16th Billboard Music Award
2005 - Capital Award
2005 - 2nd Groovevolt Music & Fashion Award
2005 - 10th IFPI Platinum Europe Award
2005 - 1st Kiss Award
2005 - 10th Lady of Soul Award
2005 - 4th MTV Video Music Award Japan
2005 - 6th Radio Music Award.
2005 - The Reign Award
2005 - Shangay Music Award
2005 - 7th Teen Choice Award
2005 - Teen People Award
2005 - 3rd VIBE Award
2005 - 1st XM Nation Music Award
2005 - 15th World Music Award
2006 - 24th ASCAP Award
2006 - 5th Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Award
2006 - 54th BMI Music Award
2006 - 6th BMI Urban Music Award
2006 - 5th Channel V Music Video Award
2006 - Gillette Venus Award
2006 - 3rd Groovevolt Music & Fashion Award
2006 - 20th Soul Train Music Award
2007 - 55th BMI Pop Music Award
2007 - Hollywood Walk Of Fame Award
2007 - 25th Operation Smile Award
2008 - 36th American Music Award
2008 - 56th BMI Pop Music Award
2008 - 8th Basenotes Fragrance Award
2008 - 8th BET Award
2008 - 2008 Choice FM Award
2008 - 7th MTV Video Music Awards Japan
2008 - 18th World Music Award
2009 - 27th ASCAP Award
2009 - 20th Billboard Music Award
2009 - 1st MTV Cribs Award
2010 - 28th ASCAP Award
2010 - 21st Black Reel Award
2010 - 30th Boston Society of Film Critics Award
2010 - 12th Keepers Of The Dream Award
2010 - 38th People's Choice Award
2011 - Noble Gift Humanitarian Award
2012 - 5th BET Entertainers Award
2012 - 16th Do Something Award
2012 - 12th BMI Urban Award
1991 - Grammy Award
2001 - Grammy Award

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Mariah Carey is regarded as one of the most prominent singers and songwriters of the 21st century. During a career spanning across 20 years, she has established her name as a vocal virtuoso, who has taken music to greater heights. This songbird possesses a five-octave vocal range and she has the ability to hit notes even beyond the 7th octave, which can even shatter glass. Her use of melisma and the whistle range have continued to awe and inspire artists since the last two decades. Her body of work includes song writing, singing, and production, not to mention the introduction of new sounds with each album. Her music styles range from Motown soul to R&B to Hip Hop and Pop and she can easily glide from a soulful ballad to hip-hop songs with élan. Although, this star had a troubled childhood, suffered emotional breakdowns but, she stood the test of time and emerged successful. Worldwide sales of her dozen studio albums have managed to surpass the 200 million mark, making her one of the most successful recording artists of all time. The passion for music in this immensely talented star is so visible in each of her performances that audiences from across the world respond with unbridled enthusiasm to her singing. To learn more about this true diva, scroll further.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Mariah Angela Carey was born to Patricia (Hickey), an Irish-American mezzo-soprano opera singer, and Alfred Roy Carey, an aeronautical engineer. They got divorced when Carey was only three.
  • Her first public performance was at the age of six. By the age of sixteen, she was skipping classes to write songs and her brother, Morgan, paid for her first recording session. She finally graduated from Harborfields High School, in 1987.
  • Before Carey got her big break, she worked as a temp and juggled with a number of odd jobs such as a beautician, hair sweeper in a salon, waitress and as a coat check girl. After several years of struggling, she had earned ample money and finally, she moved to a well-off sector in New York with her family.
  • In 1988, Tommy Mottola, Head of Columbia Records, signed her and produced her debut, self-titled album, ‘Mariah Carey’, which contained four No.1 hits. These songs charted the top US music countdowns for weeks and even earned her a number of prestigious nominations and awards.
  • ‘Emotions’, released in 1991, was a more mature album in terms of the quality of songs and music.
  • Her MTV Unplugged version in 1992, awed critics and went on to earn a triple-platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
  • Some of her popular singles through the 90s such as ‘Endless Love’ and ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ established her as a popular pop star and she soon began releasing a lot more albums.
  • ‘Daydream’, released in October 1995, explored new avenues with R&B and hip-hop flavours and her signature pop tunes. The album’s song ‘One Sweet Day’ sung in collaboration with R&B group Boys II Men, remained on the American Music charts for almost 16 weeks.
  • She introduced ‘breathy vocals’, a new sultry style of singing, with her next album ‘Butterfly’, in 1997, which received positive reviews from both, critics and listeners.
  • The following year, she recorded a duet with the famous, Whitney Houston, titled, ‘When You Believe’, for the animated film, ‘Prince of Egypt’.
  • In 1999, she released the triple-platinum album, ‘Rainbow’, under Columbia Records, which was compared to her previous release, ‘Butterfly’, in terms of the pattern of the songs. The song, ‘Heartbreaker’, became a smash hit and topped music charts.
  • In 2001, she starred in ‘Glitter’ as ‘Billie Frank’, a girl who becomes a pop-star over night, after a chance meeting with a DJ. Both the film and her performance received negative reviews from the critics and the movie was a box-office failure.
  • In 2002, her ninth album, ‘Charmbracelet’ was released, which received mixed reviews from critics and listeners. Of all the singles in the album, ‘Through the Rain’, was the most successful one.
  • ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’, released in 2005 is largely considered her ‘comeback’ album. Two singles from the album, ‘We Belong Together’ and ‘It’s Like That’ became instant chartbusters.
  • Her 2008 album, ‘E=MC2’, brought her back to the top of the pop-music charts in the United States.
  • After a bad review for her first feature film ‘Glitter’, sceptics lauded her return to films with ‘Precious’, in 2009, in which she played a social worker.
  • In 2010, she released, ‘Merry Christmas II You’, which became a top holiday album in the United States and became the second ‘Christmas’ album to top the ‘R&B/Hip-Hop’ charts as well.
  • In 2011, she collaborated with teenage sensation, Justin Bieber for his holiday album, ‘Under the Mistletoe’ and re-recorded her famous song, ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’.
  • She wrote and recorded the song, ‘Mesmerized’ for the film, ‘The Paperboy’, in 2012. The same year, she appeared as a judge on the reality singing show, ‘The American Idol’.
  • She is currently collaborating with a number of record producers and musicians for her next album, ‘The Art of Letting Go’, which is slated for release in 2013.
Major Works
  • ‘Mariah Carey’, her debut album, released in 1990, sold over 15 million copies worldwide and contained four hit singles that charted the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ for weeks.
  • The album was also certified platinum nine-times by the RIAA and she became the first artist to have her four singles topping the music charts in the United States after ‘The Jackson 5’.
Awards & Achievements
  • She received the Grammy Award for ‘Best New Artist’ in 1991.
  • She was awarded the ‘Legend Award’ as the ‘best-selling female pop artist of the millennium’, in 2000.
  • In 2003, she was ranked no.1 in MTV and Blender magazine’s list of the ’22 Greatest Voices in Music’.
  • In 2012, she was placed at the second spot on the VH1’s list of ‘100 Greatest Women in Music’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • She dated and married Tommy Mottola while working on her third album ‘Music Box’ in 1993.
  • She married comedian-actor, Nick Cannon on April 30, 2008 in The Bahamas and on April 30, 2011, she gave birth to non-identical twins, Monroe and Moroccan. It is believed that during her pregnancy, she suffered from high-blood pressure and gestational diabetes.
  • This remarkable recording artist has donated time and money to several organizations viz., Fresh Air Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, New York Presbyterian Hospital and the World Hunger Relief Movement.
  • Statistics show that this popular singing artist sold over a quarter of a million records every week during the 90s.
  • This female artist’s popularity in Japan is often compared to the Beatle-mania of the 60s.

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