This honor is no longer a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby.
Hit-making chanteuse Mariah Carey has finally landed a most elusive prize: She’ll be inducted into the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame, the organization announced Thursday morning.
“I can’t believe it . . . The SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME!!!!” she responded on Twitter. “This is truly one of the greatest honors of my career,” adding that she is “so proud and humbled.”
Carey will receive the recognition June 11 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City. This year’s other inductees include Eurythmics duo Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart; The Isley Brothers, a k a Ernie, Marvin, O’Kelly, Ronald and Rudolph Isley, and Chris Jasper; “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Take the Money and Run” singer Steve Miller; Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes; Grammy winner Rick Nowels (who penned Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth”); and Motown mainstay William “Mickey” Stevenson, who wrote and produced with Martha & the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more.
Carey, a five-time Grammy winner, wrote or co-wrote 18 of her 19 No. 1 hits that have landed on the Billboard Hot 100, including 1993’s “Dreamlover” and 1995’s “Fantasy” and “Always Be My Baby.” She is best known for her soaring high notes — and she has previously expressed frustration at a lack of recognition for her prolific songwriting. In 2018 she told Rolling Stone that “oftentimes people put that as a secondary thing and for me it’s always at the top of the gifts I could be so thankful to have.”
After the hall of fame announcement, fans showered her with accolades on social media. “WELL DESERVED! It was about time. Congrats, Mimi! The lambily can’t be prouder,” tweeted @Esteban_RDiva, referencing the “lamb” moniker embraced by her followers. Another supporter said that Carey “deserved this for the LONGEST TIME!” but went on to simply acknowledge the accolade, saying, “Your music is life-changing/saving but instead of being shady about what took them so long I’ll say CONGRATULATIONS.”
Carey and the Songwriters Hall of Fame apparently belong together: Carey hit her stride early on in her 30-year-plus career, penning her first single, 1990’s “Visions of Love,” for her debut self-titled album; the tune went on to become her first No. 1 single. As a singer, Carey also logged the most weeks — 79 total — spent at the top of the charts.
Last year, Carey’s perennial holiday tune “All I Want for Christmas Is You” became her 19th No. 1 single — more than a decade after it was first released in 1994. In a twist she took in stride, the song was also the first-ever tune to top the list and then disappear from Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The holiday hit also landed her a 2020 Guinness World Record for “highest-charting holiday (Christmas/New Year) song on the US Hot 100 by a solo artist,” the organization announced last November.
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