Dec 24 2005

Mariah's 8 Nominations from Billboard

<• >Record Of The Year : "We Belong Together"
• Album Of The Year : "The Emancipation Of Mimi" (Island)
• Song Of The Year: "We Belong Together"
• Best Pop Female Vocal Performance: "It's Like That"
• Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: "We Belong Together"
• Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "Mine Again"
• Best R&B Song: "We Belong Together"
• Best Contemporary R&B Album: "The Emancipation Of Mimi" (Island)

Billboard Album Review - "The Emancipation Of Mimi" - April 16, 2005: "The Emancipation of Mimi" is Mariah Carey's most satisfying album since her 1997 collection, "Butterfly." The latter disc spawned multiple hits and has sold 3.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Mimi" has already notched a hit with "It's Like That," and a second single -- the midtempo ballad "We Belong Together" -- is ascending the charts. Carey's emancipation is drenched in hip-hop and old-school R&B ballads, and it smartly focuses on her strengths. While her voice has lost some of its power through the years, "Mimi" deftly showcases her still-considerable pipes with strong lyrics and slick production. In addition to the aforementioned singles, highlights include the Snoop Dogg-spiced thump of "Say Somethin'," the gorgeous ballads "Mine Again" and "Circles," the bouncy silliness of "Get Your Number" and gospel closer "Fly Like a Bird."

One of music's most dominant forces, Mariah Carey continues to sell (and break) records. In December 2005, the singer tied Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most Billboard Hot 100 topping singles in the rock era when "Don't Forget About Us" became her 17th No. 1.
In addition to selling 46 million albums in the United States throughout her career, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Carey scored a Hot 100 No. 1 in every year in the '90s and has won a bevy of Grammy awards.
The artist started out her dream in a gutsy way, relocating from Long Island to Manhattan a mere day after graduating from high school. Fortunately, Carey signed with Columbia shortly thereafter went from an overnight success with her self-titled 1990 debut to a consistent hitmaker for the label.

But more than a decade into her career, Carey suffered a couple of missteps, the critically maligned film "Glitter" in 2001 and its Virgin soundtrack. A break from Virgin led her to Island Def Jam, and her second set for the label, 2005's "The Emancipation of Mimi," became a comeback story of considerable note.

Considered as a testament to her fortitude and undeniable talent, the Island Def Jam set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and led to an impressive eight Grammy nominations. Find out More

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