Mother: Patricia (Hickey) Carey, opera singer and voice coach
Children: with Nick Cannon: Moroccan and Monroe (twins), April 30, 2011
Has a five-octave vocal range.
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.
1991 – Carey wins two Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for “Vision of Love” and Best New Artist.
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.
2002 – Virgin pays Carey a reported $28 million to end her contract. Later in the year, Universal Music Group’s Island Def Jam Music Group signs Carey to a reported $20 million deal.
2006 – 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.
2013 – Appears as a judge for the 12th season of “American Idol.”