Mariah Carey struggled with tears last night while offering her thanks for the honour of taking home AAFCA’s Innovator Award presented by Nissan.
Per THR, the legendary singer was praised by Gayle King, Naomi Campbell, Lee Daniels, Roman Coppola, Misty Copeland, and Raj Kapoor, before she offered her own, celebrating her acclaimed Christmas special for Apple TV+ and her best-selling memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.
“It is an honor to be recognized as an innovator because in my experience when you have holes in your only pair of shoes and are existing on a dollar a day, choosing between food and a subway ride, when you are the only one who believes in your vision for yourself, you better gets to innovating,” she said. “I, like so many African American artists, we create out of necessity, out of pain, out of hardship. We create out of having nothing. Nothing but the ability to believe and that is the power, that is the blessing, that is the ultimate emancipation.”
She called her children, Moroccan and Monroe, her greatest innovation and inspiration. She also dedicated the award to all the loved ones and family members who ascended this past year, “who we have yet to get justice for, who we couldn’t send home in the way we’re used to,” she said.
Then came the part when she choked back tears. “And on a very personal note, my cousin Vinny, LaVinia Cole, who I really wish could’ve lived to read my memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. Her recollections called my ancestors forward who I know carried me through that process. If we have faith as a mustard seed, nothing is impossible to us. Oh, and by the way that’s Matthew 17:20, not trying to take publishing from the good book. Love ya, appreciate ya and enjoy ya!”
Congratulations to her!