Mariah Carey to headline the new Christmas special

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Global superstar singer and consultant for The Voice season 15 Mariah Carey has booked a brand new Christmas special on CBS and Paramount Plus entitled Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas Everyone! coming to TV and streaming for Christmas 2022.

Here’s what you need to know:


“Queen of Christmas” Mariah Carey leads a two-hour concert special

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In a press release, CBS and Paramount Plus announced that five-time Grammy winner “Queen of Christmas” Mariah Carey will lead a two-hour Christmas concert titled “Merry Christmas to All!”

The press release teases:

The concert special, filmed in New York City at the world-famous Madison Square Garden Arena, features the singer-songwriter performing a repertoire of her festive holiday hits, including the chart-topping and long-running All I Want for Christmas Is You. ”

The special will air Tuesday, December 20 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time on CBS; It will also be available to stream and on-demand on Paramount Plus on December 20th. After the first CBS airing, MTV will also offer additional viewing opportunities.

On Instagram, Carey posted a photo the key art for the special and wrote: “This Christmas present will be unwrapped on 12/20… 🎁😉. ❤️, Mariah & CBS.”


The title “Queen of Christmas” is somewhat controversial

The moniker “Queen of Christmas” has been in legal trouble lately. It started with Carey attempting to trademark the phrase “Queen of Christmas,” which angered two other singers, Elizabeth Chan and Darlene Love, who also consider themselves Queens of Christmas.

As profiled by the New Yorker in 2018, Chan is a full-time Christmas carols singer/writer. After writing 50 Christmas carols to make a full-time job out of it in 2012, she was encouraged to self-publish and has since released more than seven albums. including one from 2021 entitled The Queen of Christmas.

Chan said Variety in a 2022 interview, “I firmly believe that no one should hold on to anything around Christmas or monopolize it in the way Mariah forever aspires to. That’s just not the right thing. Christmas is for everyone. It is meant to be shared; it is not destined to possess.”

She continued, “And it’s not just about the music business. She’s trying to brand this in every way she can—clothes, liquor products, masks, dog collars—it’s all over the map. If you knit a Queen of Christmas sweater, you should be able to sell it on Etsy to someone else to buy for their grandma. It’s crazy – it would have this breadth of registration.”

Singer Darlene Love, who sang the classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on David Letterman’s show every year from 1986 to 2014, has her own bones to pick with Carey, write in a Facebook post that Letterman declared her Queen of Christmas a year before the release of All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Also, months before Carey attempted to trademark “Queen of Christmas,” she told The Zoe Hall Breakfast Show (via the daily mail) that she doesn’t think she’s the Christmas Queen.

“They were different people [who called me that] and I just want to humbly say that I don’t think of myself that way,” Carey said. “I’m someone who loves Christmas who happened to be lucky enough to write ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You.’ And many other Christmas carols. And let’s face it, you know, everyone’s belief is what it is. But to me, Mary is the Queen of Christmas.”

“Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas Everyone!” premieres Tuesday, December 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time on CBS and streaming on Paramount Plus.

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Brian Ashcraft

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