If there’s one word to describe Mariah Carey, it’s iconic.
During the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, The singer was honored with the Billboard Icon Award by Jennifer Hudson. “She’s a trailblazing hit maker, an instantly recognizable voice and she is truly one of a kind,” Jennifer shared with the excited crowd inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “As the decades go by, one thing remains the same. Mariah remains on the top. Mariah Carey is, simply put, an icon.”
Audience members were then treated to a video montage featuring Mariah’s best moments from her career, including music videos, live performances and award show moments. The video was a sweet reminder how just how impactful Mariah’s career has been from the start, with hits after hits throughout her career. Soon after, Mariah took to the stage and perform a medley of her biggest hits including “Always Be My Baby,” “Hero” and “We Belong Together,” and “Emotions.”
But perhaps the best moment (besides the adorable clip of her twins Monroe and Morrocan watching and enjoying their superstar mama’s performance from the audience) was when Mariah accepted her award and expressed gratitude for the fans who embraced her throughout her career.
“The truth is I’ve dedicated my life to my music, my saving grace and to my fans who are unlike any other entity that I’ve ever known. They’ve lifted me out of the depths of hell and brought me back with their devotion and love,” Mariah shared. “I want to thank all the people who have been with me on this journey. Through the highs and lows, through the struggles, through your struggles and mine.”
She continued, “And to anybody who doesn’t allow themselves to be broken and keeps getting up and keeps holding on and keeps standing tall, keeps on believing and keeps rising, I celebrate you tonight. And to anyone who has ever told me that a song I wrote helped save your life, I thank you because you saved mine and I’ll be eternally grateful for that. I love you. Thank you so much.”
The speech wouldn’t be complete without a special shoutout to her twins who just turned eight on Tuesday (April 30). “Oh, my gosh. I saw a couple of people in the audience. Hi Roc and Roe,” she shared. “My babies are right there. It’s their birthday. Can y’all say happy birthday?”