Mariah Carey was honored tonight at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) with the Icon Award. That should come as no surprise as with 15 albums, 9x Platinum debut album, 2 Diamonds certified albums, 6 No. 1 albums, her 5 octave signature vocals, 28 top ten hit songs, 18 number one hits and over 200 million albums sold it is well deserved.
Jennifer Hudson introduced Mariah Carey to the stage saying “She is truly one-of-a-king” continuing to say “as the decades go by one thing remains the same, Mariah is on the top” before showcasing her career within a video highlighting her successes as mentioned above. The 14-time Billboard Music Award winner, Mariah Carey was then given the name as the ‘queen of christmas’ as her single “All I Want For Christmas Is You’ became the best selling holiday song of all time.
Carey arose from behind a curtain in the center of her signature M logo neon light, wearing a sparkling black dress then giving fans a taste of her new music with a performance of “A No No” before performing a montage of her greatest hits for fans across the world to adore including “Always Be My Baby,” a unique rendition of her song “Emotions” which highlighted her 5-octave vocals, before giving fans what they really wanted with “We Belong Together,” and choir-driven performance of “Hero.” Carey ended with a over-the-top standing ovation from the crowd in attendance.
Throughout her entire performance you could see both of her kids singing along to each and every one of the songs as well as Taylor Swift dancing along and singing every word to the iconic Mariah Carey songs, even tearing up during her performance of “Hero.”
Carey was then presented with the Billboard Music Icon Award by Jennifer Hudson saying “It is truly my honor to present the Billboard Music Icon Award to none other then Mariah Carey…”
Carey then taking center stage for the mic to give a speech as she cried tears. Watch her full speech below:
The Icon Award previously awarded upon Janet Jackson (2018), Cher (2017), Celine Dion (2016), Jennifer Lopez (2014), Prince (2013), Stevie Wonder (2012) and Neil Diamond (2011). To date, Carey has taken home 15 Billboard Music Awards of her own.