In 1999, R&B Diva Mariah Carey spoke out against media bias regarding her as a songwriter. Today, she leads the 2022 class of Billboard’s Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Mariah Carey appeared on the “Charlie Rose” show on PBS in 1999. While being interviewed, she voiced her displeasure with the media not regarding her as a songwriter. She named artists such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Jewel, who in the same publication had descriptions such as mogul, songwriter, poet, actress, etc., while her description only read “singer.”
Today, she is the most well-known artist inducted into the 51st class of Billboard’s Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The “We Belong Together” singer will be joined by other gifted songwriters such as:
Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo of The Neptunes and Isley Brothers, Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Steve Miller, Rick Nowels, and William “Mickey” Stevenson.
The songwriters will be honored at a gala on Thursday (June 16) at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.
On social media, Mariah has been receiving her flowers since the announcement of her leading the latest class of Billboard’s Songwriters Hall of Fame. On Twitter, one user identified as @legencarey provided 16 receipts that prove that Mariah’s induction is long overdue. She tweeted:
Hats off to the R&B legend.
Mariah Carey being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame is a big win after being hit with a lawsuit for holiday smash hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Hopefully, this great news brings much joy to the R&B icon.
Mariah Carey was sued for $20 million over the copyrights of the impactful 1994 hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
The lawsuit was filed by Andy Stone, who came out with his version in 1989 as a member of a country-pop group named Vince Vance & the Valiants. In the documents, he claims that the “Obsessed” singer and her co-writer Walter Afanasieff “knowingly, willfully, and intentionally engaged in a campaign to infringe Stone’s copyright for the song. They also claimed that Carey and others carried out “acts of unjust enrichment by the unauthorized appropriation of the plaintiff’s work and the goodwill associated therewith.”
The song has enjoyed success in streaming and has recently been on the Billboard charts since 2019.
As of now, Carey or her representatives have not responded to the claims in the lawsuit.