- Also Known As:
- MC, Mirage, Mimi, The Voice
- 5' 9"
Mariah Carey (born Mariah Carey in Huntington, New York, on March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriters, record producer, and actress. Mariah immediately rose to fame after a chance encounter with Tommy Mottola, head of Columbia Records, in 1987. The music executive assisted in the 1990 release of the singer’s debut album, Mariah Carey, which sold over 15 million copies and finished as the best-selling album in the United States in 1991, immediately making her a star. Mariah began dating Tommy in 1993, while working on her third album, Music Box, and the couple wed June 5th, 1993. Music Box, geared towards pop music, and 1995’s Daydream album, influenced more by R&B and hip-hop, secured the singer international fame. In 1997, Mariah and Tommy separated, and her album released that year, Butterfly, displayed her new creative freedom and a more sexual image. Mariah made her film debut in the poorly-received 2001 film, Glitter. Mariah signed with Island Records in 2002 and regained success with the album The Emancipation of Mimi in 2005, and E=MC² in 2008. On July 23, 2012, it was announced that Mariah would become a judge on season 12 of American Idol, but her stint as a judge was short-lived. She kicked off a Las Vegas residency three years later and she was immediately criticized for her shaky vocals. But Mariah’s soulful voice and five-octave vocal range have still won her five Grammy Awards and sold more than 200 million records worldwide.
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Mariah is best known for her career as a recording artist, spanning over two decades.
Though Mariah denies ever being romantically involved with rapper Eminem, he has claimed they dated, and has written a number of harsh songs about the singer. The feud even continued after she married Nick Cannon in 2008, who has publicly defended his wife. Nick filed for divorce from her in 2014, but he and Mariah have stayed amicable for their twins, Monroe and Moroccan Scott Cannon. Since then, Mariah has gone on to seriously date billionaire James Packer, who proposed to her after less than a year of dating. When they broke things off in 2016, she was linked to backup dancer Bryan Tanaka for a year.