Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress who made her recording debut in 1990 with her self-titled debut studio album, Mariah Carey, which went multi-platinum and spawned four consecutive number one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
With a distinct five-octave vocal range and prolific songwriting and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern pop performance.
As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognised with multiple Grammy Awards and American Music Awards, Billboard's Artist of the Decade Award, the World Music Award for World's Best-Selling Female Artist of the Millennium and BMI's Icon Award, to name a few.
She has two consecutive and unparalleled Billboard Song of the Decade titles: "One Sweet Day" (with Boyz II Men) and "We Belong Together," further marking her massive presence on the charts since her 1990 song debut "Vision of Love."
She became the second artist in history and the first female performer to have a song debut at No. 1 with "Fantasy" (1995), the groundbreaking collaboration with O.D.B. of the innovative rap group Wu-Tang Clan.
Carey's original holiday classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," redefined its place in pop culture as one of the greatest holiday hits of all time when it reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2011, 17 years after its debut.
Carey's influential and stellar contribution to the music industry spans multiple genres and is showcased through a multifaceted hit catalogue as well as a long list of diverse collaborations.
Carey's ongoing impact transcends the music industry and has left an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She made a substantial mark in film with her critically acclaimed role as a social worker in Precious, the 2009 film based on the novel Push, by Sapphire.
A Congressional Award recipient, Carey has donated her time and energy to a range of domestic and international philanthropic causes near to her heart, including The Fresh Air Fund/Camp Mariah (a retreat where inner-city children explore career development), Save the Music Foundation and Make-a-Wish Foundation, among several others.
In 2013 she joined the reality singing competition television series American Idol as a judge, leaving after one season.