NBC announced Thursday that the songstress will be honored with the Billboard Icon Award, during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in recognition of Carey’s extensive music catalog including Billboard chart-topping hits that have spanned decades.
Since hitting the music scene in 1990, “Carey led the Billboard Hot 100 in each year of the 1990s, making her the only artist to top the chart in every year of any decade, and has had 18 total No. 1s on the chart, the most among any soloist,” Billboard wrote.
“Additionally, her 79 total weeks ruling the Hot 100 are the most of any artist. Six of her albums claimed the No. 1 spot of the Billboard 200 albums chart,” according to Billboard.
Carey joins a litany of other musical superstars who have been recipients such as Janet Jackson, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher and more.
Mariah Carey former assistant accused of being racist
Surely learning about the Icon Award was welcomed news for Carey who recently made headlines because a former worker was accused of being racist and is being sued.
Carey’s former employees, a manager, and personal assistant are cat-fighting.
The former manager, Stella Bulochnikov, claims that the singer’s former assistant, Lianna Shakhnazaryan, is racist who used nasty racial slurs at will. Bulochnikov even cited a time when she allegedly heard Shakhnazaryan call Carey’s personal housekeeper a “stupid n***er.”
Bulochnikov referred to Shakhnazaryan as “an admitted liar and extortionist” in court documents obtained by the Blast.
Bulochnikov said Shakhnazaryan fostered a hostile work environment by screaming and using hateful language as evidenced by calling Carey’s personal housekeeper as a “stupid n***er” and by referring to several employees as “stupid fucking Mexicans,” “useless pieces of shit,” and told them they “looked like monkeys,” according to the outlet.
Those are some pretty ugly accusations.
Meanwhile, you can catch the 2019 Billboard Music Awards live Wednesday, May 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson, from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 11, 2019