March 27 marks the 50th
birthday anniversary of Pop icon Mariah Carey‘s arrival to Earth.
A larger-than-life diva whose enormous talent has only been matched by her equally magnetic personality and incomparable chart stats, Carey’s 30-year catalog of memorable moments are voluminous (to say the least).
With a library of inimitable vocal moments and career milestones to her credit, That Grape Juice – in honor of her 50th – has assembled 50 of our favorite Mimi minutes
Take a look and weigh in below:
A star is born: Mariah’s first single, ‘Vision of Love,’ becomes her first of 19 historic Hot 100 chart-toppers.
Mariah makes her Grammy debut at the 1991 ceremony, where she also collected her first two trophies: Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal.
Mariah became the Queen of Christmas with the introduction of enduring classic, ‘All I Want for Christmas is You.’
Mariah made history when ‘Fantasy’ not only made her the first female artist to debut atop the Hot 100, but also by merged Pop, R&B, and Hip Hop in ways the genres hadn’t known prior.
Mariah made history again when her Boyz II Men duet, ‘One Sweet Day,’ topped charts for a whopping 16 consecutive weeks. The song held the title for ‘longest consecutive reign’ on the Hot 100 for 23 years.
Mariah shed her cookie-cutter image to produce her most celebrated album to date, 1997’s ‘Butterfly,’ kicked off by the delectable, ‘Honey.’
The single’s #1 premiere on the Hot 100 made her the ONLY artist in history to have debuted at least 3 songs atop the tally since its inception in 1958.
Mariah was a member of the inaugural set of VH1 ‘Divas,’ a historic lineup which also included Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and Shania Twain.
Mariah teamed with another top diva, Whitney Houston, to record the unforgettable duet, 1998’s ‘When You Believe’ (from Disney’s ‘Prince of Egypt’ soundtrack).
The union put to rest years of rumors the vocal powerhouses were rivals.
Conversely, Carey inadvertently confirmed she was beefing with another chart-topping diva, Jennifer Lopez, in a now iconic interview where she told the reporter, ‘I don’t know her’ (when asked about her relationship with J.Lo).
After a number of slew of missteps on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 respectively, Mariah staged one of the most celebrated comebacks of music history with 2005’s ‘Emancipation of Mimi’ (which includes the megahit ‘We Belong Together’).
The song became the longest-running #1 single by a female artist of the 2000s, racking up a whopping 14 weeks at the chart’s summit.
Carey’s ‘Mimi’ rocked the 2006 Grammys with a memorable performance and the most Golden grammophones she’d ever picked up in one night.