It’s fitting that the hottest day in Los Angeles this week also doubled as one of Mariah Carey’s hottest career achievements.
The Grammy Award-winning songstress received a star on the storied Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday (Aug. 5). The 2,556th star was unveiled at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue, right outside the W Hotel. Across the street, the Pantages Theater marquee trumpeted: “A star for a star! Congratulations, Mariah Carey.”
Lining up since early Wednesday morning, a horde of screaming fans greeted Carey before the ceremony’s official start at about 11:45 a.m. Epic Records chairman/CEO L.A. Reid — who described his comments as a “love letter to my favorite artist in the world” — was the first of several special guests on hand. Empire guru Lee Daniels, who directed Carey in the film Precious, called her “my friend” and “The Queen” before concurring with Reid that she “never says anything bad about anyone.” Then he hinted at an upcoming TV gig for Carey when he shouted out to cheering fans: “Watch her on Empire, guys!”
BET president of programming Stephen Hill also paid tribute to Carey before director Brett Ratner — who’s directed nine of her videos — noted that he has a “theory that all of her songs are about me,” ticking off Carey hits such as “Fantasy,” “Heartbreaker” and “Dreamlover.” Added Ratner: “She is a singular artist who has moved people all over the world. We share a birthday one day apart. I consider her a sister — so tabloids back off. It’s not true.”
Then Carey, dressed in a long, black sleeveless sheath, took center stage herself. Accompanied by dem babies, twins Monroe and Moroccan (who proclaimed to the audience, “We love you, Mommy!”), the singer thanked the special guests and fans for coming. “Oh my God, this is so overwhelming and emotional,” said Carey. “You’re making me cry. This is a huge honor and a dream come true.”
The 40-minute ceremony was followed by an intimate luncheon at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, about eight blocks west from the W Hotel. Steak and chicken, kale salad, mashed potatoes and mini-tarts plus champagne comprised the menu. Carey, who arrived near 2 p.m. with her children, was greeted by Reid, Daniels, Ratner, Hill, Epic president Sylvia Rhone and Jeff Beacher of Beacher’s Madhouse, among others.