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Mariah Carey avoids smackdown with Whitney Houston at Grammys

September 29, 2009 | 12:14 pm

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Mariah Carey released her new album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," today to overall good notices. Had the disc dropped as scheduled Aug. 25, Carey may have found herself facing off against Whitney Houston at this year's Grammy Awards. Instead Carey could be competing next year against the ultimate diva, Barbra Streisand. That veteran pop songbird switched to jazz for album #63 -- "Love Is the Answer" -- and was rewarded with some of her best reviews in decades.

So it sounds like Whitney Houston did the smart thing by releasing "I Look to You" on Aug. 31 -- the absolute last day of eligibility for the 2009 Grammys. While Houston has won six Grammys, her most recent win was a decade ago. La Streisand has eight competitive Grammy Awards on her crowded mantle, though her last win was way back in 1986 for "The Broadway Album," another return to her musical roots. Though Mariah Carey has racked up 34 Grammy nominations (among female artists, second only to Aretha Franklin), she has managed only five wins. And none of those victories came in the top categories of album, record and song of the year.

Carey made headlines this year when her first single off the album -- "Obsessed" – took on Eminem, among others. Now she is earning praise for the entire package. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune said, "She plays it low-key and ends up with her best album since the '90s heyday." For James Reed of the Boston Globe, this disc "presents her as more of an emotive vocalist and not just a singer with an impressive range. Make that Mariah Carey, song stylist." And said Mesfin Fekadu of the AP, "this is an exceptional album that is about love -- being in it, out of it, over it and trying to reach it. While the subjects are tried and true, they are never tired, thanks to Carey's approach, which mixes a good dose of humor and wit with her multi-octave voice."

Mariah Carey was named best new artist at the Grammy Awards in 1990 for her self-titled debut album. And she won best pop vocal, female, that year. Then, though her follow-up albums all went platinum, there was a Grammy Awards drought until her smash hit "The Emancipation of Mimi."

Mariah went into the 2005 Grammys with eight nominations but left with three wins, in the R&B genre – contemporary album, song ("We Belong Together") and female vocal. The singer-songwriter lost the big prizes of album, record and song of the year to U2 and Green Day.

And her 2008 follow-up – the critically acclaimed, chart-topping "E=MC2" – did not have the right formula to win over Grammy voters. She was snubbed for that album as a whole and her historic No. 1 single, "Touch My Body," was shockingly shut out as well. She picked up just a nod for her gospel collaboration on "I Understand."

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Why do many people hate Mariah? What has she done to them?

go mimi
your going to go all the way so dont give up hope. your new album is awsome cause your songs are beautiful I already bought one

ps. fuck you haters

I used to be fan but Mariah has sold herself short by singing these empty meaningless songs set to predicatble beats. They certainly are not memorable. The album cover looks trashier than a Hustler magazine.

Whats wrong why release trash cause i brought the album went back to target got my money back.

this is by far Mariah worst album sounds flat she needed more time to work on it obiviously.

This year I'm buying Whitney Houston, Maxwell, Mariah Carey, Usher Raymond, Trey Songs, Majesty and Ginuwine! Now that's singing!

Mariah
FLOP
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Mariah
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I LOVE THIS ALBUM IT IS SO GOOOOOD!!! SHE REALLY SHINED IN THIS ALBUM. MUSIC BOX WAS BY FAR HER BEST BUT THIS IS VERY CLOSE TO IT. MY FAVORITE SONG OFF THE ALBUM IS H.A.T.E.U.AND OF COURSE "I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS". SHE IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST FEMALE SINGER OF ALL TIME (IN MY OPINION) AND MOST CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE AS USUAL.

Have just listen to the new album and it is a really good one. She clearly worked hard on this. Her voice is amazing.

booo haterz like julie!!
:D

I only like a very few songs of Barb and the Vince Gill duet mainly...while as Mariah I love most of them but found the last album a dud this album heading that direction including the restrained vocals on so far favorite "I want to know what love is" probably out of respect for the orig. but still she can make songs reminiscent of her 90's no.1's in a new innovative today format if she wants the "real" hits instead of these half hiphop/R&B pop club blitzes she got going on at the moment. Just a word of advice carey. Whitney, if you can't top your 14wk no.1 from Bodyguard OST then don't "Try" again till you can produce something hot on the same par.

Let's see this is the music industry. U say Whitney, you forget Beyonce & Taylor Swift Grammy's 2010. U say Mariah (WHOM I Love & her recent work is relative yet she's true to herself) you forget Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige & Carrie Underwood. The music landscape has changed drastically, let them do what they do I don't see any of them retreating its only a competition within themselves to be the best which then garners accolades & success you silly fools and TIMING.

One thing that definitely sets Mariah apart is that she is still on radio and other divas are virtually non-existent.

Whether you like Mariah or not, you have to give her credit for delivering year after year.

I totally agree with the reviews you posted about how good Mariah's album really is. It has 17 amazing tracks with full vocal prowess and contemptment. The second CD is where all of the remixes come in and those are great as well. Love the whole package. I don't really think Babs can compete with Mariah commercially or vocally. Who cares about the Grammy's Mariah has ruled the music scene without them and will continue to do so, that is why she didn't care much about releasing the album before the cut off date.

Go Mimi!!!
Go M.O.A.I.A.!!!
Booo haterzzz!!!

This writer is obviously a fan. MAriah' s album got mixed reviews and the NYDaily News gave it a 1 star and the Chicago times gave it 2.5 stars and the British press flat out slammed it. If you are a fan of whispering and school girl lyrics masquerading as r&b get her album, if you like to understand what the singer is saying and love mature lyrics, pass and get Babs or even madonna's hits or even Whitney because she is definitely singing with soul .

I am fan of both Barbra Streisand and Mariah Carey but really enjoy Streisand’s cd because she is offering songs in the Quartet Version in the deluxe version instead of just on entire cd of remixes in Carey's cd. I do plan to also purchase Mariah’s cd eventually I really did not like the song "Obsessed" and can't understand why he Chicago Tribune gave it 3 stars. I will give it a 1.5 at best because I did like the last song “I want to know what love is" the next cd added is a total waste, its all remixes of "Obsessed'!

WHAT IS UP

I am fan of both Barbra Streisand and Mariah Carey but really enjoyed Streisand’s cd because she is offering MORE songs in the deluxe version instead of just one entire set cd of remixes which is in Carey's cd. I do plan to also purchase Mariah's cd eventually.
I really did not like the song "Obsessed" and can't understand why the Chicago Tribune gave it 3*** stars. I will give it a 1.5* at best because I did like the last song'"I want to know what love is" the next cd added is a total waste, its all remixes of "Obsessed'


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