The grand entrance marked her Las Vegas Strip arrival that will bring her chart-topping hits to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting May 6 with performances through July.
Called Mariah Carey #1 To Infinity, the show is timed with the debut of Carey's newest breakup single and music video dubbed "Infinity."
Carey sang along to the new song on a stage inside, at one point filming herself and the crowd with an iPhone.
"I can't wait to sing all the hits for you guys," she told the crowd.
Devin Cole, 28, can't wait to hear them. The Queens resident with a Carey collage on his phone hopped a flight to Las Vegas for the weekend when he heard about the Caesars event. Cole credited Carey's songs for keeping him alive as he battled depression at 16 years old.
"She's a lyrical goddess," he said.
Mariah Carey Announces Caesars Palace Residency
The Grammy winner is among the best-selling female solo artists of all time and joins the ranks of Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain, who have all taken up residency at The Colosseum. Across the Strip, pop star Britney Spears calls a Planet Hollywood stage home.
Tickets for Carey's show are priced from $55 to $250.
There’s talk that her new song "Infinity," which carries sassy lines that shut down the guy she's singing about, is about her recent split from Nick Cannon. Or perhaps it's just Carey returning to form as the queen of post-heartbreak empowerment.
"Infinity" is featured on her upcoming album release, due out on May 18 on Epic Records/ Columbia Records/Sony Legacy.