Mariah Carey, 49, is Kelly Clarkson‘s “hero” and she’s ours too! The music legend received the Icon Award at the 2019 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas on May 1. — And, before Jennifer Hudson even presented her with the award, Mariah performed a medley of her best Billboard chart-topping hits. She started with her latest song, “A No No” (2019), followed by “Always Be My Baby” (1996), “Emotions” (1991), “We Belong Together” (2005), and “Hero” (1993). After being honored with the award, Mariah now joins fellow Icon Award recipients, Janet Jackson, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher and more.
As Mariah took fans back to the 90s’ and 2000s’ with her record-breaking songs — all of which she wrote herself — the camera panned to the celebrities in the crowd. From Taylor Swift to Jennifer Hudson and more, there wasn’t one star who wasn’t singing every word. At one point, the camera caught Taylor with her arms wide open, screaming, “I love you!”
After Mariah’s memorable performance, J. Hud presented her with the Billboard Icon Award, which celebrates a unique artist who’s topped the Billboard charts for decades — or in Mariah’s case, topped the Billboard charts in multiple genres for over 70 weeks at a time. “Thank you Billboard for letting me grow up on your charts,” Mariah said during her acceptance speech, after she gave “dem babies” (her twins, Morrocan and Monroe) a shout out. Mariah encouraged the audience to do the same since the twins celebrated their 8th birthday on the day of the show. The family, including Mariah’s ex and the twins’ dad, Nick Cannon, celebrated one day earlier with a cool “Roc & Roe” themed party that included laser tag, silly string and a DJ!
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Ahead of her Billboard performance, Mariah announced that she will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this November for another season of her beloved All I Want For Christmas Is You holiday show. The singer shared, who shared the news on her website, willhead to Las Vegas on the 22nd of November for her first show. Four shows will follow on November 23, 27, 29, and 30. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on May 10. Mariah is also preparing for her Caution international tour, which kicks off on May 22 at 3Arena in Dublin.