If you think Mariah Carey does every interview wearing lingerie while sipping champagne, there’s nothing in the new V Magazine interview that will dissuade you from that position. But, if you think Mimi is still fondling the silver balls of the Ghost of Christmas Past (Mimi, you’ve got a little tinsel in your teeth, dear), you’d be wrong. Additionally, if you thought stacking Grammys was her main objective, you need to go back to The Lambily Academy and repeat Mimi 101. Mariah doesn’t give a single figgy pudding about Grammys.
After Mariah’s rough 2017 (same, girl. same), she’s been spending time in the studio working on a new album of “regular music” which, according to Mimi, means not Christmas music. Mariah says that Grammy submission is just too much damn work and even though she’s all about “music first” she’d rather play around with fun fashion and be wacky then break a sweat over your meaningless accolades. She’s doing it for the cultcha, dahling! Here’s what Mariah had to say when asked about her creative process:
The whole thing is business, really. I consider myself more of a musician first than a business person, I don’t necessarily think of things that way; it’s music first. That’s the most important thing for me. That’s why I think there hasn’t been that synergy of, oh my gosh, we’re going to do this fashion moment with Mariah. I mean, only certain people get that. That’s why we love Karl [Lagerfeld] so much. I think he kind of gets the kitsch element [laughs]. Certain people get that: “Let her come in and be wacky and have fun, we’ll do some cute shots, and it is what it is.” In the music business, if you care about the Grammys and submitting your stuff before a certain time frame, you want a single out in the summer, and then you want to have your record [out] before the Grammys [consideration] deadline, which has changed.
How is she expected to keep up with deadlines when she’s busy cavorting in poppy fields surrounded by puppies and butterflies? Besides, and don’t anybody tell Bruno Mars this, it will break his little heart, but the Grammys don’t reward popular music. Mariah continued:
Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. I mean, I have five Grammys. That’s cute. There’s people that have been doing this half the time that have twice as many [Grammys]. I won two Grammys the first year I started, but after that, [the Grammys] are like, “We don’t go with the people that are selling a lot of records and are popular; we’re gonna go the opposite way.” So I got screwed out of certain years. I wasn’t bitter about it. I was just like, okay, well, I guess I’m not standing here barefoot onstage singing and trying to go a certain way. I’m just me.
Are there any graduate level Mimiarians who can tell me which fucking barefoot Emmy stealing hooker she’s referring to? At any rate, the interviewer told Mariah she seemed happy and Mariah answered:
Aw, that’s good! I’ve gotten to a place where I could move onto the next thing and the next thing. I’ve had to overcome a lot over the past year and those are things that I don’t personally want to talk about, but we’re here now, so that’s good.
If you’re confused, don’t worry. Refer to your syllabus there; the Mimi 201 course will have a section on What Did She Just Say?: Interpreting The Words Of A Diva.
Pic: V Magazine