Mariah Carey will receive the prestigious award and perform a medley of hits.
Mariah is one of the most influential pop stars of our generation (fight me), and she’ll be recognized for it at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.
The elusive chanteuse will be honored with the Icon Award – only seven others have scored the feat, including Janet Jackson, Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez(!!!!!!), Prince and Stevie Wonder.
She’ll also perform a show-stopping medley of her greatest hits.
The BBMAs reps sent BreatheHeavy a press release about all of this, and included her impressive stats. I’d like to copy + paste it to remind you just how magnificent Mimi’s career has been.
Carey soared onto Billboard’s charts in 1990 with her self-titled debut album, which yielded four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s. When the first single from her 1991 follow-up Emotions also crowned the Hot 100, she became the first artist to top the chart with each of her first five releases. Carey led the Hot 100 in each year of the ’90s – becoming the only artist ever to rule the chart in every year of any decade – and has since upped her count to 18 No. 1s, the most among any soloist, 17 of which she wrote. Plus, her 79 total weeks atop the Hot 100 are the most among all acts; 16 of those leading frames were attained via “One Sweet Day” (with Boyz II Men), as the ballad is tied for the longest reign in the chart’s history. Carey also boasts six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200. In December, Carey’s latest LP, Caution, became her eighth No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and in the 2017-18 holiday season, her 1994 modern classic carol “All I Want for Christmas Is You” became her 28th Hot 100 top 10, jingling to No. 3.
The BBMAs air on Wednesday, May 1st.