Mariah Addresses Allegedly Drunk Speech

Published January 8, 2010

There's been much talk about Mariah Carey's alleged drunken speech at the Palms Springs Film Festival earlier this week.

In a clip that has since gone viral online, Mimi raised a few eyebrows when she accepted a prize for Breakthrough Actress for her role in "Precious." Fittingly, the film's director, Lee Daniels, presented her with the award and the pair's interaction left onlookers a bit confused. 

"The thing is me and Lee [Daniels] hadn’t seen each other in a long time," Mariah explained. "And then he was presenting my award, so he starts off immediately with inside jokes and it was like, ok, we’ve been sitting there celebrating this whole time, having little splashes. I hadn’t eaten. I pulled up, I didn’t wanna be late so I rushed in and that’s what it was.

"You know, there’s a time for celebration and a time for not, but really, technically it’s kind of like a party atmosphere, so they trick ya," she continued. "No, it was fun. If people don’t understand me and think I’m this girl that just stands by a microphone and sings 'Hero,' then they’re definitely not gonna get me."

In related news, Mariah won Favorite R&B Artist at the People's Choice Awards last night (Jan. 6).

Written by Carl Chery, BET.com staff

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