Unofficial holiday icon Mariah Carey harnessed the power of social media to kick off the Christmas season. The celebrated singer-songwriter broadcasted her message on Tik Tok, Instagram, and Twitter on Sunday, persuading followers to commemorate the seasonal shift with her single “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
In a short video, a masked man in Halloween garb leads us to a room where Carey is poised in festive footie pajamas, situated amongst an ornamented tree, artificial snow, and her two sweater-wearing Jack Russel Terriers. After a swift look at her watch, the singer declares “It’s time!,” falling to the ground with excitement as her hit holiday song chimes on in the background.
The clip serves as an affirmation to fans that it is now socially acceptable to play the tune in tandem with other Christmastime activities. Carey’s call is highly anticipated every year, with followers chiming in on the fun with memes and messages, hoping to persuade the publicly proclaimed Christmas queen into declaring the start of the holiday season. On Twitter, mentions of the yuletide tune began rolling in several days before Halloween. On October 28, one follower praised the release of the single 26 years prior, saying “today marks 26 years since Mariah Carey invented Christmas..a classic.” Others hinted at the song’s increasing interest and made parodies of biblical scenes.
In true legendary style, Carey has come to save us all from a chaotic year, with the “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” now available on Apple TV+. The show, following Carey’s journey as Santa’s helper. Including appearances by stars like Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris, Carey is bringing socially-distant Holiday joy right to our living rooms.
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Carey’s cultural impact, however, is not limited to the winter months. The musical legend’s five-octave vocal range and poetic lyrics are just a few reasons why her influence transcends the season. Considered to be one of the most successful female musical artists of the ‘90s, Carey’s everchanging persona has contributed to numerous awards and nominations including Billboard’s Artist of the Decade in 1999 and the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000.
The multi-talents lead single on her first holiday album is only a small portion of a wildly successful career that remains prosperous thanks to today’s youths. Those who weren’t around to see the beginning of the singer’s career have transformed the holiday song into somewhat of a tradition, consistently speaking to its importance year after year. An abundance of memes on social media simply summarize Carey’s enduring presence and her song’s role as a lasting cultural touchstone.
And so, Carey’s musical contribution to the Christmas season is continually celebrated, and the singer is always looking to affirm her status. She spent last year promoting “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, a plausible feat considering the song’s sustained popularity.
This year, rumors swirled after Carey posted a photo of three directors chairs with the initials “AG,” “MC,” and “JH” on the set of her upcoming Apple TV+ production Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special. The singer’s special guests, speculated to be Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, were indeed confirmed with the release of her highly anticipated “Oh! Santa” performance. Carey has once again secured her reign as the queen of Christmas and beyond.
In the video, the holy trinity embrace the holiday in festive dresses, with Carey center stage wearing a plaid ensemble, Grande opting for vintage velvet Alaia, and Hudson in a shimmering sweetheart midi-dress. The trio riff together in perfect harmony, as they perform for an audience of elves in what appears to be Santa’s workshop.
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Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special is now available on Apple TV+.END
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