Mariah Carey
Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
May 18, 2024 ·  3 min read

Mariah Carey Criticized for Recent Red Carpet Outfit – ‘It Was Basically Lingerie’

Mariah Carey, the undisputed queen of pop, has never been one to shy away from bold statements. From sporting elaborate gowns on the subway to famously refusing to renew her driver’s license, her life is a testament to her independent spirit and unwavering commitment to self-expression. This unwavering commitment extended to her appearance at the 2024 Recording Academy Honors on Thursday night, where she left everyone speechless with a daring red carpet look.

A Daringly Different Dress: Lingerie Takes Center Stage

Mariah Carey, at the after-party of the awards.
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Instead of opting for the traditional red carpet gown, Mariah made a grand entrance in an outfit that defied expectations. The pop icon chose to embrace her own unique brand of glamour, wearing a daring ensemble that blurred the lines between lingerie and high fashion. The centerpiece was a bronze-colored corset, its structured design offering a touch of sophistication. However, the real showstopper was the accompanying skirt – or rather, the lack thereof.

Mariah paired the corset with a sheer swathe of bronze tulle that cascaded down her legs, creating a visually stunning and undeniably provocative look. The transparency of the fabric provided a glimpse of her toned legs and revealed a pair of sparkling, high-heeled shoes completing the ensemble.

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Sparkling Accessories and Signature Glam

Mariah Carey at the Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards held at the Forum in Inglewood, USA on March 24, 2018.
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Mariah didn’t stop at the daring outfit. She accessorized with a dazzling array of jewelry that complemented the bronze tones of her attire. A diamond choker, a matching bracelet, and sparkling earrings added a touch of opulence, while a diamond cartilage cuff provided a finishing touch of edgy glamour.

Her makeup, with its focus on a nude lip, brown smoky eyes, and a bronzy contour, perfectly complemented the copper hues of her outfit. Staying true to her signature style, she opted for voluminous, Old Hollywood waves with a side part, completing a look that was both glamorous and undeniably Mariah Carey.

Honoring a Legacy: The Global Impact Award

Mariah Carey, in her controversial dress at the 2024 Recording Academy Honors.
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The Recording Academy not only witnessed a show-stopping fashion moment but also honored Mariah Carey for her immense contributions to the music industry. She was presented with the prestigious Global Impact Award, a CEO Merit Award that recognizes Black music creators whose work has significantly impacted the industry.

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The award recognizes not just musical talent but also the lasting legacy and inspiration these artists provide

Mariah Carey on stage for NBC Today Show Concert with Mariah Carey, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY October 2, 2009
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Mariah Carey, with her trailblazing career and unwavering dedication to artistry, perfectly embodies the spirit of this award. In her acceptance speech, Mariah delivered a characteristically playful yet heartfelt message, injecting a touch of her signature humor. As she held the award, she quipped, “Is this a real Grammy? I haven’t seen one in soooooo long.” The comment, sprinkled with her signature “shade,” brought a touch of levity to the occasion while also highlighting the long history she shares with the Recording Academy.

Mariah Carey’s appearance at the 2024 Recording Academy Honors was more than just a red-carpet walk-on. It was a powerful statement of self-expression, a celebration of her musical legacy, and a reminder of her enduring influence on the world of music.

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