Mariah Carey on Thursday went online to celebrate the announcement she has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for penning such hits as "We Belong Together," "Shake It Off" and "All I Want for Christmas Is You."
"I can't believe it... The SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME!!!!" the Huntington-born and Greenlawn-raised singer, 50, posted on social media. "This is truly one of the greatest honors of my career. I'm so proud and humbled to be in the company of such legendary songwriters - both previously inducted as well as the incredible class of 2020!"
She joins fellow 2020 inductees Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, The Isley Brothers, Steve Miller, Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes, and William "Mickey" Stevenson. Previous Long Island honorees include Billy Joel (1992), raised in Hicksville, and Great Neck's Ervin Drake (1983), whose songs include Frank Sinatra's ''It Was a Very Good Year."
"Congratulations! So deserved," commented "Stranger Things" star Millie Bobby Brown, who in November had posed for an Instagram snap with fans Roc and Roe Cannon, Carey's 8-year-old twins. The vocal group Boyz II Men, with whom Carey hit No. 1 in 1995 with the song "One Sweet Day," gave the singer three heart emoji. Reality-TV star Kris Jenner and Bravo "Real Housewives" impresario Andy Cohen also posted congratulations on Instagram.
Having written or co-written 18 of her 19 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Carey is the "most successful female songwriter in chart history," said the Manhattan-based songwriters hall, which has no physical museum. Carey's streak began with her 1990 debut single, "Vision of Love," co-written with her early songwriting partner, Ben Margulies. She is the only songwriter to have had three songs debut at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 ("Fantasy," "One Sweet Day," "Honey") and whose work was named Billboard’s Song of the Decade twice ("One Sweet Day" and 2005's "We Belong Together"), the Hall said.
She additionally won the BMI Icon Award for songwriting in 2012, and was twice nominated for Song of the Year Grammy Awards, for "Vision of Love" and "We Belong Together."
The Hall's 51st annual induction ceremony takes place June 11 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square.
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