Aug 31 2006

Entertainment Tonight Goes One On One With Mariah

< > ETÂ’s Ryan Devlin is behind the scenes with Mimi herself, Mariah Carey; in New York talking romance, music, touring and taking home six prestigious BMI Awards!

Mariah's album The Emancipation of Mimi , which has sold 9 million copies, has been honored with six BMI Awards, including Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

"I've been writing my own songs my whole life so it's a weird thing. If you're not strumming a guitar or behind a piano people don't think of you as a songwriter because all they see is the diva thing," she says. "I feel like songwriting is more my thing than singing is. I know that sounds bizarre to people who didn't even know I write my own songs!"

The star can put those awards right next to her three Grammys, two Soul Train Music Awards, four VIBE Awards, an American Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards and four Radio Music Awards for the best-selling album.

Mariah is in the midst of her North American tour, which she reveals isn't always fun.

"It's like, two days before, it's complete silence and boredom for me -- everyone else is living it up and I'm there with a humidifier and writing notes," she says of preparing for each show. "You're kind of in jail, but then you go on stage and that's your fun."

And when she's not on stage, she's hard at work.

The award-winning singer reveals to Ryan that she is indeed working on her follow-up to The Emancipation of Mimi.

"I'm definitely trying to start working on my new album," she says. "I'll wake up with new concepts and ideas. I have to have my tape recorder right next to me!"

But she does admit that when she's not in the recording studio, she does enjoy a little down time and doesn't even mind getting recognized.

"You have to accept it," she says. "You asked for it and you got it, and you have to deal with it."

Visit ET Online to watch the exclusive video of Mariah Carey talking to Ryan Devlin about the honor of receiving six BMI Awards, her The Adventures of Mimi Tour and her upcoming album!
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