Mariah Carey shades the Grammys: ‘I mean, I have five Grammys. That’s cute’

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This is like the second or third Mariah Carey interview I’ve read in the past year where I came out of thinking “Mariah really isn’t so bad.” As much as we think that she’s a somewhat crazy diva or eccentric wackadoodle lacking in self-awareness, Mariah actually knows who she is and what she’s doing… sort of. Mariah covers the latest issue of V Magazine, and of course the interview was conducted while Mariah lounged around in lingerie, which is how she’s “comfortable.” But then she talks about her image and the Grammys and… well, she comes across as so smart. It took me aback. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Getting credit for being a songwriter: “It’s something that I think a lot of people don’t give women enough credit for, unless they are known visually as someone strumming a guitar, or they’re behind a piano most of the time. I also have that diva thing attached to me; I mean, I’m sitting here doing an interview in lingerie. But I was just like, you’re totally gonna understand that this is what I’m gonna wear! Why should I wear something uncomfortable? This is what I like.

Whether she focuses on the business side of music: “[Before,] I was in a different place in terms of who I was working with for the business side of things, which is everything. The whole thing is business, really. I consider myself more of a musician first than a business person, I don’t necessarily think of things that way; it’s music first. That’s the most important thing for me. That’s why I think there hasn’t been that synergy of, oh my gosh, we’re going to do this fashion moment with Mariah. I mean, only certain people get that. That’s why we love Karl [Lagerfeld] so much. I think he kind of gets the kitsch element [laughs]. Certain people get that: “Let her come in and be wacky and have fun, we’ll do some cute shots, and it is what it is.”

On the Grammy timeline: “In the music business, if you care about the Grammys and submitting your stuff before a certain time frame, you want a single out in the summer, and then you want to have your record [out] before the Grammys [consideration] deadline, which has changed. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. I mean, I have five Grammys. That’s cute. There’s people that have been doing this half the time that have twice as many [Grammys]. I won two Grammys the first year I started, but after that, [the Grammys] are like, “We don’t go with the people that are selling a lot of records and are popular; we’re gonna go the opposite way.” So I got screwed out of certain years. I wasn’t bitter about it. I was just like, okay, well, I guess I’m not standing here barefoot onstage singing and trying to go a certain way. I’m just me.

She’s never going to be the artsy, hipster singer-songwriter: “I mean, tell me the truth. If you were to see me walking around suddenly with, like, I don’t know, suspenders, baggy pants, probably there’d be a neon bra with a low-slung tuxedo shirt, some green hair, probably little shorts, some high boots—wouldn’t you be like, what the hell is she going for? Yet if somebody else did it, it’d be like, oh my gosh, genius, it’s heaven. [Laughs.] I’m not trying to make fun of anybody’s way of analyzing something. Personally, I don’t care, I like what I like. So I feel like it’s trying too hard if I suddenly was like, I think I’ll do the pink hair thing. No! I actually like my hair my color. Like, I’ll go different shades of blonde and dark blonde, but that’s not changing things drastically.

[From V Magazine]

First of all, I love Mariah’s art of digressing – she’s answering a question in a really interesting way by talking about her career and then she digresses to talk about something else about herself. It’s narcissism-digression. It’s amazing. As for what she says about the Grammys… it feels like she was referencing specific people, but I don’t know. The first person who came to mind was Adele – as in, what is Adele doing that so different than what Mariah did in the ‘90s? As for the shade for artists who do a certain “look” to show off how “different” they are – I’ve never really thought about it like that, and she’s completely right. If Mariah tried to change up her image and suddenly become grunge/indie/alt-rock, zero people would buy it.

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  1. Lilith says:

    Guess who’s had a face lift?
    She looks great. Those bangs are there to hide the scarz. She really annoys me though.
    Bangs trauma plus…

    • Naptime says:

      Maybe, but it has nothing to do with the bangs. There are no forehead scars from a facelift. She looks fantastic in any event. I love a good facelift. No shame in looking damn good.

      • Jayna says:

        A facelift during her former weight would have looked different. She may have had some work done,but her face and body are noticeably much thinner from the weight loss. I agree with you. She looks great.

      • CanadianAussi says:

        I don’t know Mariah’s face well enough to comment on what she’s maybe had done but can say that a face lift can most certainly leave scars. I’ve been for two facelift consults in the past few months. In my case I would be left with visible scars in front of the ears for the mid-face and another big one along the hairline for the upper face (brow lift). Everyone is different and on some faces it is possible to hide the scars further back in the hair but this enlarges the forehead (pulls hairline back) and is not done as often for this reason. It would be awful on me as my forehead is already plenty high. A great surgeon, skin that heals well, and cosmetic tattoo along the scar can make it invisible over time. I don’t have very thick hair and scars tend to hypopigment dramatically on me so I had to walk away, very disappointed! It is possible to get a similar effect through an endoscopic treatment which leaves much smaller scars in the hair but these are falling out of favour because they can fall quickly.

    • Enough Already says:

      Are people still having those?

  2. Sullivan says:

    It must be exhausting to be in her orbit.

  3. AsIf says:

    first of all: hey a Gone with the Wind quote. second of all: I think her talking is all over the place, for me it’s hard to follow. and lastly: she says ‘I don’t care’ wayyyy too much for it to be believable.

  4. Goats on the Roof says:

    Conducting an interview in lingerie is not appropriate.

    • Arianna says:

      That’s what I’ve been thinking! If that was a dude, oh my god! We would all be up in arms. I know it’s a crass comparison, but bathrobe and lingerie…not that different

    • Naptime says:

      Oh please, they want celebs half naked on the red carpet so why the eff not own that by being interviewed in lingerie. Anyway I’m sure she isn’t in bra panties garters — she’s more likely in a la Perla peignoir and maribou slippers.

    • j says:

      women shouldn’t wear lingerie because a creepy man in a robe would be creepy? cool. that seems like a solid argument.

      • Goats on the Roof says:

        It has nothing to do with men, IMO. I’m concerned with the person on the other end of the interview. Are they comfortable interviewing someone sprawled out in lingerie? Would they be comfortable saying something if they weren’t, or would they keep silent because it’s Mariah Carey? Lingerie is not appropriate in a professional capacity. I can’t believe I’m even having to make this point.

  5. LaraK says:

    I think she talks like someone who knows her legacy is cemented and she doesn’t have to care. So she just does her thing.

    In some ways she is exhausting, but she is also pretty well adjusted. I like her.

    • psl says:

      Well adjusted? This is a woman who has someone hold a straw for her when she drinks!

    • Beatrix says:

      Right, definitely NOT well-adjusted in the least, but I don’t think we should be so willing to forget what an icon this woman is and always will be. Her voice was magic, her songwriting original, interesting yet digestible by the masses. The woman is nuts and we can talk about the reasons behind her delusion, but her talent should be elevated in light of her very real contributions to pop music history.

  6. Idk says:

    I would never shade her for lounging around in lingerie because I bet that’s all the underwear she has and let’s be real, who likes putting on clothes?

  7. Enough Already says:

    Mimi forever :)

  8. Jemima says:

    The first person that came to mind was Swifty…

    • Rachel Zaccagnino says:

      GUYS/DOLLS!!! Maybe I’m severely overthinking, but when I saw ‘barefoot’ and ‘go your own way’, I instantly thought of Stevie Nicks, but seems like I’m the only one. I get that she was/is an idol WAY before Mariah…but it seriously made me think she was shading her. Can someone either validate that or tell I’m I’m completely full of crap? I’m really okay with either answer! Thanks! 😘

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Sorry. At this time, if a man interviewed in his boxers and a bathrobe, exactly what would you be saying? Well I’m saying the same thing about her. She talks about herself in the third person, she flits around in in lingerie for meetings, tosses her hair and flings her wrists at whatever and wherever she isn’t the most important topic of conversation… ie awards ceremonies. Says plenty about her.

  10. Shambles says:

    “I mean, I have five Grammys. That’s cute. There’s people that have been doing this half the time that have twice as many [Grammys].“

    I know you said Adele came to mind, but my first instinct was Taylor Swift. She literally has 10 Grammys, twice as many as Mariah. And I could see Mariah not really giving a sh!t about Adele because she’s pretty low key, while I could see her being reeeeaaally annoyed by Taylor’s narcissism and “I’m a bad b!tch now” attitude because both of those things are supposed to belong to Mariah. Lol. I’m here for the shade. Taylor can’t pull it off like Mariah can, and Mariah actually has/had talent. T Swift can’t sing for sh!t.

    • TurkeyLurkey says:

      “the first year I started, but after that, [the Grammys] are like, “We don’t go with the people that are selling a lot of records and are popular; we’re gonna go the opposite way.” So I got screwed out of certain years. I wasn’t bitter about it.”

      That does not sound like Taylor at all. Taylor was selling a lot of records and was popular when she won her grammys.

      ” I was just like, okay, well, I guess I’m not standing here barefoot onstage singing and trying to go a certain way. I’m just me.”

      I agree it sounds more like Joss Stone.

    • Bridget says:

      That reasoning seems kind of thin when you look at the rest of what Mariah said.

      • Shambles says:

        Maybe, but this entire interview is very, very word-salady and there doesn’t seem to be much logical transition from one thought to another, so I wasn’t operating based on the assumption that one passage or sentence was directly related to another. As in, the thought about someone with twice as many Grammies and the thought about being passed up for someone with less popularity didn’t necessarily seem to have to be related. Especially because she seems to be talking about pretty early in her career in reference to being “screwed” out of Grammies, and then she refers to the person with twice as many Grammies as doing this “half as long” as she’s been doing it. Doesn’t sound like it’s referring to the same person, IMO. It sounds like she’s shading multiple people, at least two. Maybe more. I thought the specific “twice as many Grammies” comment was about Swift. That’s just my read on it though, I could very well be wrong. *shrugs*

    • TurkeyLurkey says:

      I googled and Swift does have 10 grammys (wow I would have never guessed she had 10) and Joss Stone only has one so I think that you may be right Shambles. I don’t follow either so I was thrown off by the barefoot part. I wish she would name the names if she is going to throw shade 😊

    • Melanie says:

      she may be talking about the time when Alanis Morrissette won all those grammys for her first album. Mimi was in some of the same categories and looked sort of upset.

      • KLO says:

        @Melanie I think you are right about Alanis or someone similar. It has to be a nineties artist. and yeah, Mariah WAS pissed around 1995-1996 because she DID put some of her ultimate best work and even got nominated but won nothing.
        She started winning again after 2001.

  11. JeanGray says:

    She was totally shading Joss Stone with that barefoot on stage comment. That was Joss’ thing back in her day. But Mimi is still holding on to that memory, huh? Lol
    Mimi has always been smarter than your average pop tart. I knew it from listening to the lyrics of the songs she would write. Like actually write. This was back before Beyonce and her team “revolutionized” the way of getting a writing credit just for adding a few “yeahs and “oh baby’s” in the song. Shed write actual, whole songs.
    I used to love her singing voice. But she lost it and lost the ability to find a hit. She really doesn’t give af about anything anymore it seems. She has put in zero effort in her performances for a while already. She just phones it in. Except for champagne and the finer things in life.

    • Hazel says:

      Beyonce did nothing new. Elvis got writing credit on his songs, & that was all the Colonel’s doing.

    • yvrjanice says:

      I’m thinking of Christina Aguilera performing “Beautiful” at the Grammy’s

  12. minx says:

    You do you, Mimi!

  13. psl says:

    I loved this woman. She was phenomenally talented, now she is a damn joke. She comes off as bitter. Put some damn clothes on Mimi, and stop talking.

    • KLO says:

      I used to worship her around 1998-1999. I think she is stuck in that period mentally. Now she just sounds bitter. She keeps repeating the same sentences over and over for at least 10 years already, so i don’t understand what is so smart about this interview.
      I wish she got interviewed by an actual songwriting magazine or something like that, so she would actually have something to say that is interesting.

      The last album I bought of hers was “Glitter” (and yes it was a very good album).
      This whole thing just makes me sad.

  14. NEENA ZEE says:

    Barefoot… I’d say Miley orTaylor. But Pink performed barefoot at the last Grammys and I’m sure Mimi was watching, as much as she’d like everyone to think she wasn’t.
    The baggy pants, suspenders, neon bra, green hair, tiny shorts references? I immediately think of Halsey.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Or Nicki Minaj when she first came on the scene. Lady Gaga too for that matter. The two of them were doing the very most to get attention.

  15. Shannon says:

    I find the ‘interview in lingerie’ thing kind of off-putting and inappropriate. Otherwise, though, I have to say I love her. I’ve never been a HUGE fan of her music – some I like, some I don’t – but she’s damn sure worked her ass off, and I kind of admire her diva ways. Of course she’s phoning it in, why shouldn’t she? She’s not so fkn try-hard like Madonna. Girl already did her try-hard for years, and now she’s probably ready to phone that sh!t in, spend time with dem babies and hit that champagne, and I don’t blame her one bit.

  16. Harryg says:

    Why is she so weird? Remember when she was in that movie (was it Precious?) “without make-up”? And it was a big deal for her to be so unglamorous. I thought she was getting over her weirdness, but no.

  17. Franklymydear… says:

    I think she sounds like a self-absorbed idiot, as usual. She’s shading the Grammys now because she doesn’t get them anymore, but I’m sure if she was still young and hungry with zero Grammys she’d gladly accept one. She says she’s not bitter but who says they “got screwed” and isn’t bitter? Sounds like bitter to me. And smells like sour grapes.

  18. Nicegirl says:

    I saw Tim and Faith about 10 yrs ago, and about fell out of my seat lmfao when she came out in a flowing hippie dress, barefoot and there were flowered lights shining on her while she crooned. It was hilarious.

  19. Ozogirl says:

    She is a great songwriter, I will give her that! Her attitude and style turns me off though.

  20. Teebee says:

    I wish she’d act more. I think she’s got talent. Remember her in Precious? I miss her on screen.

    I guiltily watched Glitter once. Ages ago. I don’t remember anything other than thinking, damn! Mariah is awesome!

  21. Mel says:

    I’m not on the « you do you, Mariah » or « She’s just being Mariah » train.
    I find the diva attitude, from anyone really, absolutely off-putting.
    My mind always immediately goes to that one person in the shadow, trying to do their job and being patronized and belittled and I just can’t with that. There’s no entertainment value to that. It’s just rude and gross. Lainey keeps whitewashing what she does and I can’t stand it!

  22. Source says:

    How can one sound so extremely bitter while trying desperately to convince everyone how not bitter she is?

  23. Yup, Me says:

    I love that she’s still wearing that ring from her broken engagement. I regularly look for it in pictures now.