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Mariah Carey's pumped-up concert in Macao, as audience sings along
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Mariah Carey's pumped-up concert in Macao, as audience sings along

The R&B diva brings the house down with a repertoire of her greatest hits and glistening frocks

There are few superstars who have a presence that can command sell-out concerts at any point in their career, and when you only count female performers, there are fewer still. Mariah Carey is one of those stars that shine brightly in history with her out-of-this-world vocals, long-standing hit songs and regal poise, and is revered by her fans to the point of cult-like adoration.

The crowd went crazy as dancers welcomed Carey onto the stage with her 2005 R&B hit, It’s Like That from her album “The Emancipation of Mimi”. The audience pumped their fists in the air to the rhythm and crooned along to the bridge as Carey swanned about on the stage in a mermaid-cut, white sequinned dress – the first of many glittering numbers of the night.

What sets Carey’s concerts apart is her range, not only in her vocals, but also the style of her music, from boppy feel-good hits to heart-tugging ballads. All in attendance knew these chart-topping songs by heart, singing and dancing along to upbeat tracks like Beautiful and Touch My Body. The chanteuse then re-emerged in a little navy number (also adorned in glistening stones and sequins) to enchant audiences with We Belong Together and Emotions. During the third chorus Carey engaged in her famous whistle notes and the crowd erupted in pure ecstasy, reinforcing the belief among her fans that she is the idol they’ve always loved.

Carey sang some of her 2005 R&B hits at the concert

As the concert drew to a close, nothing was as moving and emotional as the encore. Carey appeared on stage once again, this time in a magnificent golden gown, and with her adorable seven-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, in tow. Each holding a microphone, the children joined their mother in singing her most inspiring song to date, Hero. The performance was so emotionally charged that even Carey herself proclaimed mid-song “I can’t handle this, especially with the kids around.” But the songstress nonetheless delivered a powerful performance.

The evening at the Cotai Arena ended on a high note as Carey thanked her band and dancers and exited the stage to an LED screen full of fluttering butterflies. She also left fans fixated on the image that the butterfly has truly returned.