Christmas Queen Mariah Carey in Concert at PPG Paints Arena (Tues., 12/5/23)

Mariah Carey is an amazing American pop vocalist. Having been blessed with a five-octave vocal range singing voice, she has had fantastic success on the song charts. Among Carey’s many accomplishments: Her first album topped the US Billboard 200 for 11 consecutive weeks. She was the first and only artist to have their first five singles reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and her “One Sweet Day” (with Boyz II Men) became the longest-running U.S. number-one single in history. Carey has won five Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, 14 World Music Awards, and a staggering 20 Billboard Music Awards. She also has overcome obstacles, including a period of emotional exhaustion from her bipolar II disorder. Nor is Carey the least bit shy about extending her legacy. Her autobiography is titled The Meaning of Mariah Carey. She’s known as a gay icon and a femininity (as distinct from feminist) icon, and in 2021 she tried (unsuccessfully) to trademark her unofficial title as the “Queen of Christmas.” Mariah Carey visits Pittsburgh on her Merry Christmas One and All! Tour. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. (R.H., M.V.)

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