Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2017 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments. Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on our favorite moments that rocked – and to some degree reshaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.
First, we’ll look back on the whirlwind year of pop icon Mariah Carey:
From its onset, 2017 looked to be Mariah Carey’s worst year ever. The songstress – whose 2016 wasn’t exactly great given the plague of footage of lackadaisical concert performances, rumors of voice loss, and, of course, that nasty breakup with billionaire beau James Packer – was set to make this year even worse.
Kicked off by a shambolic NYE performance where Carey was slammed for shameless lip-syncing and careless choreography, the succeeding weeks saw the ‘Breakdown‘ beauty dominate headlines for playing the blame game with the show’s production company (who returned the favor and pointed the finger at her team for the mishap). Later attempting to deflect from the story with a failed reality television show and new musical ventures (see: ‘I Don’t’ with YG), the months that followed the hype around the NYE story mostly featured Mariah mentioned in negative light (see: weight gain, more bad tour footage, failed promises of new album, reports of alleged outlandish diva behavior, and more).
Just as it seemed she was set to end the year on the same low note as it started, Carey set headlines ablaze with reports she’d split from manager Stella Bulochnikov – a move met with elation from the singer’s fan base (affectionately called #Lambs). To add, the ‘Butterfly’ beauty re-emerged ever so triumphantly for a highly lauded WORLD AIDS DAY event where she not only looked but sounded exquisite! As if that’s not enough, word has it she’s set to return to Vegas for a new show!
Reflect on Carey’s year in headlines below:
Here’s hoping this good juice continues to spill over into 2018!