Mariah Carey took home BMI’s Icon Award at the publishing association’s annual Urban Awards Friday night in recognition of her songwriting career.
Although the singer and American Idol judge arrived fashionably late (about an hour after the show began), Carey looked stunning in a body-hugging black dress.
She made a comment on receiving her award, “I’m so humbled by this moment because a lot of people still don’t know I write my own songs. It’s so great, I’ve been writing songs my whole life, I love it. It’s my favorite form of expression and release. Tonight’s not really about diva dramatics or gossipy moments, it’s about the music and that’s what’s important to me.”
Of course, there’s something else that’s important to her, which she couldn’t help but mention. It’s sharing her life with hubby Nick Cannon and the kids.
After honoring the late Chris Lighty, Nas opened the awards show with a medley that included “Daughters.”
Jermaine Dupri along with singers Joe, Eric Benet, Karen Clark Sheard and Fantasia later hit the stage to pay tribute to Carey with a round of songs that included “Hero” and “One Sweet Day.”
Other big winners of the night included Drake and Lil Wayne, who were both MIA from the show, but shared honors for Songwriter of the Year. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” won Song of the Year.