Mariah Carey performed last weekend to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Carey sang just 4 songs, but didn’t let the short time span of her performance stop her from having some wardrobe changes.
The star broke her arm on set of one her recent music video shoots, and is still healing. Not to be seen with just a regular sling, Mariah made sure her slings had a major makeover: one was bejeweled with rhinestones, one with fur, and one in black. Media outlets found this to be outrageous but this isn’t the only way Carey has shown us that she is truly… the DIVA of pop. Check out Mariah’s biggest diva moments:
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What a Performance
During an October 2011 20/20 interview with Barbara Walters about the birth of her twins, it was shared that Carey insisted that a live version of her hit song “Fantasy” play as her twins were birthed, “so they could hear the applause as they entered the world.” Husband Nick Cannon shares he had lighting and the stereo ready. Lights, Camera, Babies!
Mariah has several appearances on home shopping channels with all her products, but none have shown her Diva side like her July 2011 segment on HSN, one of her first on-camera appearances after giving birth to her twins. The pop star herself kept speaking about the hardships of being pregnant, forgot the prices of her products, barked orders at the camera crew, and demanded that only “festive” callers speak on air.
There’s Only One Star Here
When a backup singer started singing Carey’s line during a 2008 performance of her single “Touch My Body” on Good Morning America, the star wagged her finger as she scolded in tune “Stop singing my part now, baby.” Ouch, we wouldn’t doubt the search was on for a new backup singer after that.
Home Sweet Home
No one could forget Mariah’s appearance on a 2002 episode of MTV Cribs, where she shows off her New York apartment’s full-blown salon and closet room with a gold-leaf “M” on the floor and chandelier hanging from the ceiling, changing her outfit at least six times as she tours the house, and concluding everything by crawling into her hot tub fully clothed.
Mariah made sure it was all eyes on her in a July 2001 taping of MTV’s video countdown show TRL. In her appearance, Carey strips into small glitter booty shorts then demands the camera crew to “try and avoid shots.”
Her… And Her People
Mariah Carey arrived in the UK to promote her new album, with a 15 people entourage, including bodyguards, stylists, hairdressers, publicists and managers. When signing autographs at a Selfridges department store, Mariah demanded an antique table, covered with silk cloth, to scribble upon, flown in from New York. She sat on a throne and was surrounded by roses and butterflies.
Having stayed out until 3 a.m. at celebrity restaurant San Lorenzo, in Knightsbridge, Mariah cancelled an interview on London's Capital Radio Breakfast Show because "she's not a morning person". She then rescheduled a BBC Radio 1 interview because there were problems getting her four-car convoy to the studio from Claridge's hotel, less than half a mile away.
Red Carpet Treatment
Perhaps Mariah's single greatest moment of diva madness came when she checked into London's Baglioni Hotel in 2005. At 2am, her team arrived to check that everything was ready for Carey’s arrival. She, meanwhile, was driven around in her limo, until the hotel had rolled out a red carpet, lined with white candles, for her to make her entrance. The hotel management was happy to oblige. Why wouldn’t they? Mariah was renting 15 rooms.
First Class Done Her Way
When accepting her role in the upcoming film Tennessee, an independent, low-budget production, Mariah was told budgetary constraints meant she would have to travel to the location on an economy-class air ticket, rather than her usual first class or private jet. Mariah agreed... then bought every single economy seat on her flight, and travelled alone in the cabin. Who needs first class when you can buy every seat?
Mariah has a steamy time in the bedroom ... literally. As part of her extreme movement to preserve her vocal cords, she insists on maintaining rainforest levels of humidity. "I'll have 20 humidifiers around the bed," Mariah shares. "Basically, it's like sleeping in a steam room. The bed is all towelling cloth, the ceiling is sloped so the water can't fall on my head, and it drips down to my side. My TV is behind glass."