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EXCLUSIVE DETAILS! Why Mariah Carey Gave Such a Sloppy Speech Last Night in Palm Springs!

Wed, January 6, 2010 2:09pm EDT by Add first Comment

Hey Mariah, maybe the next time you accept a big award you should remember to eat first!

There’s a lot of buzz about Mariah Carey’s erratic behavior at the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala Jan 5. In fact, there was SO much buzz because Mariah was MORE than buzzed – the songbird’s acceptance speech for her Breakthrough Performance in Precious was barely coherent.

After arriving onstage to accept her trophy, Mariah, 39, immediately leaped into Precious director Lee Daniels’ arms (he was her escort for the evening as hubby Nick Cannon, 29, was MIA) and began her slurring speech. “Well, I mean, please forgive me, I’m a little bit…” she stuttered at one point, whereupon one sassy audience member shouted out, “F***ing wasted!” Miz Mariah pointed one manicured finger at the screamer and yelled back, “Yea!”

Four minutes into her six-minute acceptance speech, the audience began clapping for Mariah to make a move offstage. She finally made her exit around 8:30, where one source tells us the diva was escorted out of the party and quickly put into a waiting car.

The problem? Mariah eschewed food and couldn’t stop quaffing the bubbly! “Mariah only drank champagne and refused the beef short ribs and wasabi mashed potatoes,” an eyewitness tells, who added, “She barely had time to eat though. After schmoozing she went right backstage with Lee to be interviewed by [Entertainment Tonight host] Mary Hart.”

Maybe you were nervous about giving your speech, or sad that Nick wasn’t with you, but lady — you need to eat! All drink and no food doesn’t make you dull, Mariah, but it doesn’t kill your buzz, either!