SANTA MONICA (CelebrityAccess) – dick clark productions and NBC have today (April 11) announced that global pop icon Mariah Carey will receive the coveted ICON Award at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas May 1.
Having first soared onto Billboard’s charts in 1990 with her self-titled debut album, which yielded four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, Carey has spent the better part of the last three decades smashing records and ruling the charts.
When the first single from her 1991 follow-up Emotions also crowned the Hot 100, she became the first artist to top the chart with each of her first five releases. Carey led the Hot 100 in each year of the ’90s – becoming the only artist ever to rule the chart in every year of any decade – and has since upped her count to 18 No. 1s, the most among any soloist, 17 of which she wrote.
Her 79 total weeks atop the Hot 100 are the most among all acts; 16 of those leading frames were attained via “One Sweet Day” (with Boyz II Men), as the ballad is tied for the longest reign in the chart’s history. Carey also boasts six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200.
In December, her latest LP, Caution, became her eighth No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and in the 2017-18 holiday season, her 1994 modern classic carol “All I Want for Christmas Is You” became her 28th Hot 100 top 10, jingling to No. 3.
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards, with returning host Kelly Clarkson, will broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. During the three-hour telecast, Carey will take to the stage to accept the ICON Award and perform a medley of her greatest hits.
Previous recipients of the ICON Award include Janet Jackson, Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince and Stevie Wonder.