Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969 or 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by Guinness World Records, she is noted for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register.
She rose to fame in 1990 after signing to Columbia Records and releasing her eponymous debut album, which topped the U.S. Billboard 200 for eleven consecutive weeks. Soon after, Carey became the only artist ever to have their first five singles reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, from "Vision of Love" to "Emotions".
Whitney Houston.Every time I hear someone on “American Idol” or “The Voice” attempt the impossible by singing one of her songs.Every time I hear “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” in a bar or club and watch generations of women and men — both gay and straight — shimmy and sing at the top of their lungs.And every Grammys since I was there in Los Angeles that weekend when she shockingly passed — at age 48 — the day before music’s biggest night on Feb.
11, 2012.But perhaps I miss Houston the most every single time that someone steps up to the mic to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl.
Because no one has ever owned and transformed the national anthem the way that Whitney did when she sang it on Feb. 12, 1991.On Sunday night — before the Kansas City Chiefs tackled the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas — it was Reba McEntire who had the daunting task of measuring up to the monumental memory of Houston on the 12th anniversary of her death.And while the 68-year-old country superstar did an adequate job — it was more serviceable than special — there was nothing transcendent on a day when you hoped that there might be some heavenly inspiration from Houston herself.Indeed, there have been others — from Luther Vandross (1997) and Mariah Carey (2002) to Beyoncé (2004) and Lady Gaga (2016) — who have done Houston prouder since 1991.But today, of all days, we wanted more than Reba had to give.At least she was better than Post Malone, whose “America the Beautiful” probably had Houston rolling over in her grave.Read more on nypost.com