Mother: Patricia (Hickey) Carey, opera singer and voice coach
Marriages: Nick Cannon
(April 30, 2008-present, separated); Tommy Mottola (June 5, 1993- March 5,1998, divorced)
Children: with Nick Cannon: Moroccan and Monroe (twins), April 30, 2011
Her voice has a five-octave vocal range.
According to Carey, her mother is Irish-American and her father was African American and Venezuelan.
Supported herself as a waitress and back-up singer before being signed to Columbia Records.
1988 - Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola listens to Carey's demo tape and signs her to the label.
1990 - Her debut album, "Mariah Carey," is released. It goes on to sell more than six million copies and spawn four number one singles.
Carey wins two Grammy Awards:
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for "Vision of Love" and Best New Artist.
Joins the board of directors of the Fresh Air Fund
. She is a supporter of the fund's Career Awareness Program, which is named Camp Mariah,
in honor of her.
April 2001 -
Carey leaves Sony/Columbia Records and signs a reported $80 million contract
with EMI's Virgin Records.
Summer 2001 -
She suffers an "emotional and physical breakdown" and is hospitalized.
September 2001 - Carey stars in a semi-autobiographical movie, "Glitter," and releases an album of the same name. Both the album and movie are unsuccessful.
Wins three Grammy Awards: Best Contemporary R&B Album, with Brian Garten and Dana John Chappelle for "The Emancipation of Mimi," Best R&B Song, with Jermaine Dupri, Johnta Austin, and Manuel Seal, Jr., for "We Belong Together," and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "We Belong Together."
2009 - Portrays a social worker in the film "Precious," directed by Lee Daniels.
March 3, 2011 -
Carey tells People Magazine that she will return the reported $1 million fee she received in 2009 performing for the family of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
, "I was naïve and unaware of who I was booked to perform for."
2013 - Appears as a judge for the 12th season of "American Idol."
August 5, 2015 -
Carey is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame