Mariah Carey Face Backlash For Not Helping Stevie Wonder
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Mariah Carey is under scrutiny after receiving criticism for not offering assistance to music icon Stevie Wonder during a recent pre-Grammys event. The incident occurred at The Recording Academy Honours presented by The Black Music Collective (BMC) event, where Carey, 54, was honored with the Global Impact Award by the 73-year-old Wonder at the Fairmont Century Plaza in LA.
Wonder, who has been blind since birth due to retinopathy of prematurity
He expressed gratitude for Carey’s friendship and consistent spirit of love. Onstage, he stated, “Every time we meet and talk, it’s like having a brand new day. I thank you for your friendship, your heart, and the consistent spirit of love that you show. I’m here because I do love you, forever, and I just want to say this to you.”
Carey responded with “I will never not get excited to be in the company of your greatness!” However, fans speculated about her actions, suggesting she intentionally removed Stevie’s hand from her shoulder to proceed with her acceptance speech at the front of the stage.
As Wonder attempted to hand her a nearby microphone, Carey had already moved past him to use a different one at the front, causing Wonder to lose his balance. Fans expressed their displeasure on social media, with one critic tweeting, “Mariah was wrong as hell for that,” and another noting, “He was thinking about her but she wasn’t thinking about him. I don’t like this.” A tweet mentioned, “Stevie fighting for his life in the back omg somebody help unc.”
Addressing the audience, Carey acknowledged the awkward moment
She stated, “I can’t even remark on what just happened. Does anyone realize this is Stevie Wonder? Thank you, Stevie Wonderrrrr.” Despite her kind words, social media continued to buzz with criticism.
Carey then shifted her attention to the Grammys, where she has won five awards out of 34 nominations throughout her decades-long career. Her last win was in 2006, where she secured three awards, including Best Contemporary R&B Album for “The Emancipation Of Mimi,” Best R&B Song, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “We Belong Together.”
Onstage, Carey threw some shade at the Grammys, joking, Is this a real Grammy? I haven’t seen one in soooooo long. It’s weird. I don’t know. We’ll figure out what this is later.”
Mariah Carey’s Grammy honors with Stevie Wonder were overshadowed by controversy, with fans expressing disappointment over her actions during the event. Despite the criticism, Carey continued to address the audience and playfully questioned the authenticity of her Grammy trophy, adding a touch of humor to the unfolding situation.