Mariah Carey was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday and during her introductory speech she reminded some people of her autobiography! The five-time Grammy winner spoke about the unfavorable path she took to achieve success, while congratulating the other candidates, including Jodi Gerson, The Isley Brothers, The Neptunes and Rick Nowels.
Congratulations to my fellow recipients. I remember challenging Jermaine Dupree like, I don’t know, before COVID-19, like three years ago. And I said to myself, “Jermaine, you know what, I’m really mad that you were accepted before me,” and that’s a whole other story. I hope someone uploaded this video. JD, I’m not mad at you. “
At one point in his speech, Kerry reflected on his “dysfunctional childhood” and learning to write songs despite the bumpy road. Mariah Carey is one of the most acclaimed singers of all time with 18 songs topping the Billboard Hot 100 and many other awards. Mariah released her debut album, Mariah Carey, at the age of 20. Despite all this success, Kerry said she had to work twice as hard to ensure that her other talents were recognized.
I have to constantly remind people that I am a songwriter. This has become a joke to the point that … Since everyone is a diva, it’s like, “Oh my God, she’s wild, wow, wild.” Whatever. “
Mariah Carey is already one of 33 women to be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, an honor she admits she didn’t know existed as she grew up. Before understanding the role of the songwriter in the industry, Kerry said that she always “just assumed that the person you were listening to on the radio was the one who wrote the song.” She called the songwriters “unsung heroes” of music.
Out of a total of 439 admissions to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, only 32 have been women so far. It’s 33 now. As my father once told me, “Do well, kid.”
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