There are few seasonal traditions more guaranteed than 玛丽亚凯莉‘s infectious Christmas spirit.
The music icon proved that once again in New York City on Dec. 13, hitting the Madison Square Garden stage to perform her latest Christmas-themed concert for thousands of fans. But don’t worry if you couldn’t score tickets, because cameras recorded the spectacle for a new special, 玛丽亚凯莉: Merry Christmas To All!, airing on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ Tuesday at 8 下午. 和.
The timing of her MSG show couldn’t have been better: Just one day earlier, news broke that her universally beloved classic, “我圣诞节只想要你,” had returned to the No. 1 spot on the 广告牌 热的 100 for the fourth straight year in a row, 和 made some history in the process.
It should come as no surprise that Carey owned the moment by belting the hit for the audience, in addition to several other holiday standards, with support from familiar faces in the Mariah-verse —including her twins 梦露 和 Moroccan, 11.
Read on for more highlights from the concert.
一种 “圣诞女王”-Worthy Start
Carey has long been called the “圣诞女王,” and she helped solidify that title with a memorable opener, descending from the top of MSG on a floating snowflake throne during a rendition of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” 从 The Nutcracker.
Wearing a gold crown and a sparkling dress, she transitioned into “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” with a gospel choir providing powerful backup vocals.
“A lot of us really need hope around the holidays,” Carey said. Her uplifting performance no doubt helped, as the audience couldn’t stop cheering when she hit the high notes in “Joy to the World.”
Carey drew laughter while jokingly beckoning her backstage helpers (or should we call them elves?) 到舞台.
In between numbers, the guys — to whom Carey publicly expressed her appreciation — would come out with bedazzled cups filled with water or tea to help her hydrate and soothe her voice.
The audience was especially amused when she called for her glam squad, including fan-favorite makeup artist Kristofer Buckle, for quick touchups under the spotlight.
The Audience and Carey Feel the Love
When Carey sang “平安夜,” thousands of fans took out their phones and lit up their flashlights, waving them around like how folks used to hold up lighters at concerts. This created an aura of unity that moved Carey.
“Thank you everybody,” she said to cheers near the end of the song, appearing grateful for the connection with her “Lambily,” as she calls her group of fans. “I love you more.”
Carey’s Christmas specials are known for special celebrity appearances — remember how Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson performed in her 2020 Apple TV+ special? — and she delivered yet again for the CBS concert.
“No one flies like a bird like you, 多发性硬化症. 玛丽亚凯莉,” Porter said while surprising her with a plaque displaying the massive sales of “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
But the sweetest cameo came when daughter Monroe sat down next to her mom for a lovely duet of “Away in a Manger.”
点击次数, Hits and Hits
Just because it’s a Christmas concert doesn’t mean Carey won’t sing some of her No. 1 smashes. 的确, during the middle of the festive show, she performed a variety of favorites, 包含 “幻想,” “蜂蜜,” “心碎,” “Emotions,” “Make It Happen” 和 “Hero.”
Barrymore best summed up the moment as Carey took a quick break backstage: “When Mariah Carey tells you that ‘a hero lies in you,’ 好, you believe her.”
玛丽亚凯莉: Merry Christmas To All! airs on CBS and streams on Paramount+ Tuesday at 8 下午. 和.