Mariah Carey, affectionately known as the Queen of Christmas, appeared at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday to perform her modern classic, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Donning a white minidress with knee-high boots, the iconic singer delivered an enchanting rendition of her holiday song for the first time at an awards show.
The festive performance featured dancers, ice skaters and a few campers on stage, including her twins, Roc and Roe.
Carey didn’t leave the Billboard Music Awards empty-handed. She won the Chart Achievement Award for “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which first hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 in December 2019.
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According to Billboard, “All I Want for Christmas Is You’ is the first song to lead the Hot 100 charts across five distinct years and the only song to reign in more than two individual years.”
“Billboard has been an integral part of my life for a very long time now. Even though I don’t acknowledge time, I kind of have to admit that some of my most memorable times in my career are connected to Billboard and the BMAs,” Carey said in her acceptance speech. “One thing I really have to say is that I’m so grateful for the fact that my fans have been here with me through the hits and misses, the number ones and the bubbling unders.”
She continued, “This award is particularly special to me because the song itself changed my entire life. And when I first sat down to write ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You,’ I never could have imagined that I would be standing here three months later accepting a special award for it. I just wanna say thank you to everyone who is allowed this song to be part of their holiday soundtrack each year.”
The RIAA diamond-certified song, which appeared on Carey’s 1994 Merry Christmas album, was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in early 2023.
Carey is currently on the road spreading holiday cheer on her Merry Christmas One and All Tour. She has upcoming stops in Denver, Toronto, Montreal, Detroit and Chicago. The tour concludes Dec. 17 in New York City.
Watch Mariah Carey perform “All I Want for Christmas Is You” at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards below.
Mariah Carey’s Upcoming Tour Dates
Nov 21 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
Nov 24 – Kansas City, MO @ T-Mobile Center
Nov 27 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Nov 29 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
Dec 1 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Dec 3 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Dec 5 – Pittsburg, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Dec 11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Dec 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Dec 15 – Baltimore, MD @ CFG Bank Arena
Dec 17 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden