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Mariah Carey Celebrates 55th Birthday In Style, Calls It “Anniversary”

Mariah Carey turned 55 on Wednesday, and she shared some glimpses on social media. Here, we share some highlights of her life as well.

Mariah Carey celebrates her 55th birthday. Photo: Instagram

Mariah Carey celebrated her 55th birthday on March 27, 2024, in style. The iconic singer known for her timeless hits and larger-than-life persona, rather than calling it a birthday prefers to call her "anniversary," a tradition she has upheld for years.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Carey gave fans a glimpse into her birthday celebrations with a stunning snapshot. Posing on a luxury boat, she dazzled in a sparkling blue gown, her trademark wavy blonde locks pulled back into a ponytail.

Embracing a philosophy of "Anniversaries" over birthdays

Carey's unique approach to celebrating her milestones, referring to her birthdays as "anniversaries," reflects her penchant for embracing life on her own terms. In a resurfaced interview, she once remarked, "I don’t have birthdays. No, well, I just have anniversaries. I decided to do that. And I’ve noticed that people who decide not to have birthdays, they just don’t have them."

The Celebration of Mimi

Looking ahead, Carey has an exciting spring season planned. She is set to return to Las Vegas for the third time with her highly anticipated residency, "The Celebration of Mimi." Spanning from April 12 to April 27 at Dolby Live in Park MGM, the residency will honor the 19th anniversary of her acclaimed album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," released on April 12, 2005.

According to a statement shared with Billboard, the Las Vegas shows will feature fan favorites from the album as well as other hits from Carey's illustrious career. "The Emancipation of Mimi," which includes chart-toppers like "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off," solidified Carey's status as a music icon and remains a beloved part of her repertoire.

A Look back at Mariah Carey’s life

From ballad diva to style icon

Born into a world of contrasting realities - a biracial family and a Long Island upbringing - Mariah's early life wasn't a bed of roses. Yet, amidst the challenges bloomed an undeniable talent. Fueled by a passion for music, she spent nights crafting songs, her voice a beacon of hope in the face of adversity. 

Mariah Carey  performing(1990).
Mariah Carey performing(1990). Photo: Getty images

Carey's journey through the world of fashion mirrors her evolution as an artist. From her early days as a ballad diva, clad in chic little black dresses and golden locks, to her reinvention as a trendsetting icon embracing R&B-pop sounds, Carey's style has always been a reflection of her multifaceted identity.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey Photo: Getty image

Throughout the years, Carey has effortlessly blended luxury labels with her own brand of glamour, whether dazzling in crystal-embellished gowns or making a splash in denim ensembles. Her penchant for opulent winter attire in Aspen and her legendary diva moments only serve to solidify her status as a true fashion icon.

Mariah Carey and Tommy Mattola

In 1988, Mariah’s life took a sharp turn.  A demo tape landed in the hands of Tommy Mottola, the powerful head of Columbia Records.  Mariah's voice, a powerhouse of emotions and unmatched range, was impossible to ignore.  For Mottola, it was a match made in music heaven - or so it seemed.  He became not just her mentor, but her husband, propelling her career into the stratosphere.

Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola on their wedding day.
Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola on their wedding day. Photo: Pinterest

Her debut album was a revelation.  Five chart-topping singles solidified her status as a pop icon.  Awards became her jewels, and her voice, the soundtrack to a generation's love stories and heartbreaks

But beneath the glittering facade, a different story simmered.  Mariah, a creative force yearning for artistic freedom, found herself stifled by Mottola's controlling hand.  He micromanaged everything from her image to her music, a stark contrast to the artistic liberation she craved.

The public crucifixion and resurrection

The pressure reached a boiling point.  In 1997, at the altar of the MTV Video Music Awards, a now-infamous performance unfolded.  Mariah, visibly uncomfortable and seemingly out of sorts, delivered a performance marred by technical difficulties and a wardrobe malfunction.  The media, ever ravenous, tore into her, labeling her a diva, a has-been, a faded star whose light had dimmed.  It was a public crucifixion, a brutal takedown that threatened to extinguish the flame of her career.

But Mariah Carey rose like a phoenix, wings dripping in glitter.  She severed ties with Mottola, both personally and professionally.  The separation was a painful one, but it was also a potent liberation.  Empowered and finally in control of her destiny, Mariah unleashed a creative firestorm. 

Albums like "Butterfly" and "The Emancipation of Mimi" showcased a reinvented Mariah.  She shed the constraints, experimented with new sounds, bared her soul in her lyrics, and reclaimed her narrative.  The success was phenomenal, shattering records and solidifying her status as a pop legend. 

Mariah Careys Butterfly album cover
Mariah Carey's Butterfly album cover Photo: Pinterest

Mariah Carey’s legacy in music

From her self-titled debut album in 1990, which spawned iconic singles like "Vision of Love" and "Love Takes Time," to her later releases such as "Butterfly," "The Emancipation of Mimi," and "Caution," Carey has continuously pushed the boundaries of pop and R&B music.

With a total of 19 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Carey holds the record for the most chart-topping hits by a solo artist. Her vocal range, melismatic style, and ability to evoke emotion through song have earned her praise from critics and fans alike, solidifying her status as one of the greatest vocalists of all time.

Mariah Carey’s influence shows no signs of waning. With her third Las Vegas residency on the horizon and a legacy that spans generations, Mariah Carey remains a force to be reckoned with—a diva extraordinaire whose impact transcends boundaries and continues to shape the landscape of popular culture.