Ahead of Christmas, Mariah surprise-released an updated visual, directed by Joseph Kahn, for her newly anointed 19th No. 1 single on December 20 — right on par for the most wonderful time of the year.
On Monday (Dec. 23), the Queen of Christmas was in for a surprise of her own. Just two days shy of her favorite holiday, Mariah took to Twitter where she revealed, perhaps, the sweetest nod to her legacy: a tribute video featuring an all-star ensemble of Hollywood’s biggest A-Listers, including pop star Katy Perry, media mogul Tyler Perry, R&B songstress Ciara, cinema icon Jamie Foxx, pop darling Ariana Grande and actress-activist Laverne Cox, among many others.
“This song is for Mariah Carey…here we go,” Perry declared, adopting the voice of his iconic Madea character, as the opening notes for “All I Want For Christmas Is You” began to chime.
The video then opened to Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, comedian/talk show host James Corden and Perry lip syncing the first few notes before the reel segued from one face to the next of all the celebrities. One by one they took turns paying homage to the legendary singer-songwriter by way of a love letter to her enduring lasting impact and influence on the holiday season.
“WOW! This is one of the best Christmas gifts I could ever have gotten,” Mimi profusely thanked everyone who helped make her wish come true. “I am so thankful to all of my friends and favorite artists who participated in this video. You brought a huge smile to my face. THANK YOU!”
WOW! This is one of the best Christmas gifts I could ever have gotten. I am so thankful to all of my friends and favorite artists who participated in this video. You brought a huge smile to my face. THANK YOU! https://t.co/AM44lPkvkM pic.twitter.com/dIWOV3ljGO— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 23, 2019
The sweet memento is the icing on the cake on what has been a milestone moment for Carey, whose winter classic has long been synonymous with the holidays. Her icon status was further cemented after she made history as the second artist to ever have a Christmas carol go No. 1 on Billboard. Most recently, the Empire State Building and iHeartMedia saluted Mimi’s chart-topper with special light show on December 19 as well.
Catch more holiday cheer with the tear-jerking video below.
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