A true quarantine queen! Over the past few weeks of self-isolation and social distancing, Mariah Carey has been sharing a steady stream of at-home performances that are sure to keep her Lambs entertained while quarantined.
After hinting that she spent her recent birthday at home working on new music, the superstar has turned back through her iconic songbook of hits, offering up everything from early favorites like “Always Be My Baby” and “Hero” to an entire week celebrating the 15th anniversary of her massive 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi.
Below, Billboard has rounded up every single at-home performance Carey has graced her millions of followers with while living her best, and safest, quarantine life. Come for the unforgettable songs, stay for the icon’s truly impressive live, off-the-cuff vocals!
“Always Be My Baby”
Carey closed out the iHeart Living Room Concert for America special on March 29 with an intimate performance of her 1996 hit “Always Be My Baby.” Joined remotely by pianist Daniel Moore and a trio of back-up singers, the superstar nailed the stripped-down classic in just a single take from her home studio, complete with riffs, her signature whistle tone and a subtle fan bringing her tresses to life.
“It’s Like That”
Kicking off her weeklong celebration of the 15th anniversary of The Emancipation of Mimi, Carey treated her lambs to an a capella rendition of album opener “It’s Like That” on Tuesday (April 7). Wearing a baseball cap and minimal, dewy makeup, Mimi sang through the opening verse of the 2005 LP’s lead single, which peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100 before “We Belong Together” and “Shake It Off” proceeded to storm to the top of the charts that summer.
Carey dug into The Emancipation of Mimi‘s back half on Thursday (April 9) to deliver fan-favorite deep cut “Your Girl.” “See, I used to be so shy/ Sit at home and fantasize/ I should be your girl/ I ain’t wastin’ no more time/ ‘Cause I got to make you mine,” she sang, belting out the album track in a teal kimono-style robe emblazoned with peacocks and Japanese flowers.
Mariah started out Easter weekend with a special tribute performance of her iconic 1993 single “Hero.” Wearing an uncharacteristically conservative fuchsia top, demure makeup and loose waves, the singer dedicated her performance to all those on the front lines of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
“I want to take this time to acknowledge and honor the sacrifices of those who work every day taking care of their communities in this time of need and uncertainty,” she said while introducing the song. “The heroes who are making our daily lives possible. Let’s continue to support them and each other.”
“Stay the Night/We Belong Together”
Before playing Easter Bunny to Dem Babies, Carey offered but not one, but two “lil moments” from The Emancipation of Mimi on her Instagram. crooning the chorus of album cut “Stay the Night” before riffing up to the rafters with a snippet of the sky-high bridge from “We Belong Together.”
“Fly Like a Bird”
On Sunday (April 12), Carey closed out her week-long look back at The Emancipation of Mimi by performing “Fly Like a Bird,” the album’s spiritual closing track. “The Emancipation of Mimi’s closing track, ‘Fly Like a Bird’, couldn’t be more appropriate for this Easter Sunday. Happy Easter, everyone! Weeping may endure for a night But joy comes in the morning…Trust Him,” she wrote on Instagram before sharing more of the hopeful track’s lyrics in the caption.