Mariah Carey Dazzles DuringFirst Post-PregnancyPerformance


Just 10 months after giving birth
to twins Moroccan and Monroe, a
soulful and slender (“30 lbs [less]
on Jenny Craig, according to rep)
Mariah Carey ** returned to the
stage with a set at New York’s
Gotham Hall on Thursday night
(Mar. 1). The performance was
part of Caesar’s Entertainment’s
“Escape To Total Rewards” launch
event, which also featured
performances by Lil Wayne **,
Maroon 5 **, Sara Bareilles ** and
other artists simulcast from
cities like Los Angeles, Chicago
and New Orleans.
Backed by a full band and four
more-than-game backup dancers,
Mimi strutted across the stage in
a tight black dress and clutched a
diamond-encrusted microphone
over the course of her 40-minute
set. In between triumphant
renditions of hits like “Always Be
My Baby,” “We Belong Together,”
“I’ll Be There” and “Obsessed,”
Carey gave a shout-out to her
husband Nick Cannon, who was
in the building; got her makeup
touched up onstage by a crack
team of cosmetic specialists; and
spoke candidly about Moroccan
and Monroe, whom she referred
to as “dem babies.”
“Do I bring dem babies out?…
They should be in bed!” she told
the crowd. “I really wanted to
bring them here tonight, but
Monroe is sometimes shy and
takes a while to warm up to an
audience.”
Nostalgia has a way of tugging
at one’s chords, emotionally and
vocally. Last night, Mariah Carey
blinded her loyal fans of their
inability to professionally sing
and ignore the consideration of
those around them, singing
along as if in their own private
shower stalls. The highlight of
the night came at the end of the
show when Carey closed her set
with her ballad, “Hero.” All,
femmes and men, forgot of the
morning after’s vocal
repercussions and sang along
from the top of their lungs.
Before Carey strolled onstage,
Sean “Diddy” Combs ** delivered
a scattershot performance to the
New York crowd, rollicking
through songs like “All About the
Benjamins,” “Mo’ Money Mo’
Problems” and “Coming Home.”
Former Spice Girls ** member
Melanie Brown was on hand to
serve as emcee at Gotham Hall.

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