Mariah Carey's Best Awards Show Performances


Mariah Carey is undeniably one of the crucial influential artists of her technology, shaping popular culture and paving the trail for feminine artists that got here after her.

In the span of her profession, Mimi has not often dissatisfied when it got here to stay performances, even making her late good friend and mentor Aretha Franklin shed a tear as soon as.

Carey will make her much-awaited return to the American Music Awards stage on Oct. 9, debuting the brand new single from her upcoming album, "With You." To have fun, Billboard is revisiting her greatest award present performances from over time -- listed here are eight of her best, in chronological order.  


"Vision of Love" on the 1991 Grammys

Mariah cemented her emergence as a celebrity on the '91 Grammys, the place she took residence one of the best new artist efficiency and delivered a surprising, signature efficiency of debut single (and first of 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits) "Vision of Love." Billboard named the efficiency one of many ten best in award-show historical past in 2017. 

"Emotions" on the 1991 MTV AMAs 

A 21-year-old Mariah added to the momentum of her second album's Hot 100 No. 1 hit title observe "Emotions," with a efficiency that re-introduced her as a singular power to be reckoned with. 

"If Only You Knew / Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (Patti Labelle Tribute) on the 1998 Essence Awards

Not everybody could make Aretha Franklin cry with their voice. Leave it to Mimi to ship one of the crucial highly effective and emotional renditions of Patti Labelle's "If Only You Knew" and the pop customary "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in a Patti tribute that floored the late Queen of Soul, together with the remainder of the world. 

"Honey" (Remix) on the 1998 World Music Awards

A younger and delightful Carey proved she had all of it: the expertise, the voice, the seems and the persona. The singer introduced flawless vocals and a choreographed dance break to the stage with this efficiency of the remix to her career-reinventing '97 No. 1 hit. 

"When You Believe" with Whitney Houston on the 1999 Academy Awards

An iconic second in late-'90s pop, Carey took the stage with late Whitney Houston for an epic duet of their collaboration for the The Prince of Egypt soundtrack on the Oscars. The stunning efficiency additional cemented each girls because the preeminent vocal powerhouses of their period. 

"My Saving Grace" on the 2003 Soul Train Awards

During one of the best of her Charmbracelet days, Carey oozed sensuality along with her angelic singing and signature hand gestures. Showing the uncooked emotion in her breathtaking excessive notes, this Soul Train Awards efficiency marked the start of a glittery period for the singer. 

"We Belong Together / Fly Like a Bird" Medley on the 2006 Grammy Awards

One of the longest-running No. 1s of the Hot 100 period, 2005's epic heartbreak ballad "We Belong Together" established Carey as a celebrity for a second decade. Her Grammys medley, which paired the chart-topping smash with its Emancipation of Mimi album-mate "Fly Like a Bird," additionally proved Carey was nonetheless a stay power to be reckoned with. 

"Beautiful" (Remix) on the 2013 BET Awards

Carey's 2013 BET Awards efficiency allowed her to shine brighter than ever as she mesmerized the viewers along with her tender excessive register, and visitor appearances from up to date stars Miguel and Young Jeezy didn't damage.