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Over the weekend, a few guests were enjoying some light jazz during dinner at The Carlyle in New York when one of their fellow diners got up on stage and join in with the band for an impromptu singalong.
Normally, this would not be cause for much concern, except for the fact that the amateur singer in question was no amateur at all but Mariah Carey, dressed in an iridescent gold Naeem Kahn dress, honey locks flowing down her shoulders.
The appearance, we're guessing, was slightly more than guests had originally bargained for when they booked their dinner reservations. Waiters, meanwhile, kept busy afterwards picking up jaws that had dropped to the floor.
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For a woman who's known for singing about butterflies and rainbows and daydreams, it's no surprise that for her fourth annual wedding vow renewal ceremony, Mariah Carey towed husband Nick Cannon all the way to Paris for a cutesy—and very public—display of affection at The Plaza Athenee.
Dressed in matching white outfits, the super-famous couple got down with some major PDA at the PAP.
The Daily Mail points out that while the actual ceremony took place on top of the Eiffel Tower, the couple invited photographers to the hotel afterwards so they could get a slice of the action. Yes, the tip of the tower peeking through in the distance is like something out of a fairytale, though we'd honestly be just as happy enjoying the same view from one of the hotel's award-winning bathtubs. We're easy to please.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon found love at a Beverly Hills hotel, so it makes sense that husband and wife celebrate another milestone at a Beverly Hills hotel. Surprisingly, said milestone wasn't the mismatched couple's third-year glitch; instead, they headed to the Montage Beverly Hills for their baby shower.
The couple took over the hotel's Conservatory Grill for a blue-and-pink-filled party to celebrate their impending arrivals, a boy and a girl. According to People, the seasonal California-cuisine-serving restaurant had a warm, romantic vibe with cocktail tables topped with pink roses and blue hydrangeas. And to make it festive, pink and blue balloons were floating around, the servers' aprons and the napkins were color coordinated with the theme too.
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For our celebrity series all this week, we’ve told you about Diva Demands by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Barbra Streisand, What Men (like Paul McCartney and Russell Brand) Want, the Political Persuasions of public figures like Dick Cheney and Bill Clinton (as well as some helpful hotel housekeeping tips from Colin Powell), and some of the more out-there Celebrity Hotel ventures like Olivia Newton-John’s nature retreat, and Jay-Z’s 99 Hotel Problems. Today, we thought we’d wrap up the series with a look back at some of the best celebrity requests we came across.
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You know that famous story about Van Halen demanding M&M’s with all the brown ones removed in their dressing room before concerts? Well, that got us thinking: What do world-famous celebrities these days demand of the hotels they stay in? As we found out after a little bit of digging, the answer is quite a lot. All this week, we’ll share some of the more bizarre, befuddling, and downright diva-licious celebrity demands we came across. Oh, and for the real story behind those Van Halen M&M’s, see what Snopes has to say about it.
When investigating this topic, it became clear right away that divas of the music and theatrical world were at the top for craziest demands. Babs, Mariah, J-Lo and Britney are all very particular about their homes away from homes.
As you're checking into The Plaza, look closely at your bellman: does he seem to have a went-out-of-style in 2002 goatee that appears to be fake-ish? Does that stubble look airbrushed? Do those deep brown eyes look a little... feminine?
Maybe it's Mariah Carey in drag, then.
Okay, not really but MTV News has some snaps from the video shoot Mariah Carey recently did at The Plaza for her new single, "Obsessed," in which the diva gets dressed up in drag in some shots, she's dressed up as someone who very, very closely resembles rapper Eminem, and in some scenes she's dressed as a Plaza bellman. Hehe.
We're not so sure where The Plaza comes into play here the song is about a dude who goes around claiming that he and Mariah are, as the song says, "sexin," which is what some people believe to be a very thinly-veiled shot at rapper Eminem, who apparently released a song a while ago about wanting to steal Mariah "back" from her hubby but, like, who knew divas had a sense of humor?
[Photo: Ray Tamarra / Getty Images via MTV.com]
Mariah arrives at the Dorchester.
If you were a pop-star diva a la Madonna and could, ostensibly, spend nights in any hotel in the whole entire world, where would you go? The Seasons? The Ritz? We'd guess old-school, Sean-Penn-era Madge would probably hit up The Standard NYC with all its public sexytime craziness and, oh, wait, this just in: rumor has it she's there right now.
When you're opening up a ridiculously expensive, lavish, opulent hotel whether the place is in Dubai or Dallas you want to bring out the biggest of the big guns when you're selecting your celeb starpower for the opening. Someone who is well-known to have the most discerning tastes; someone whose reputation for accepting nothing less than the best and finest goes unquestioned. That is: you may want to bring in a Diva. Yes, with a capital D.
And who screams Diva more than anyone? Um, Mariah Carey. Duh.
Page Six tipped us off to the news that Miss Mariah spent her Memorial Day-ish weekend with her husbie Nick Cannon in Turkey, where she was paid a hot $1.5 million to sing at the opening of the Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya last week (where the other half of the entertainment was covered by Tom Jones). The Mardan Palace is supposedly touted as Turkey's first luxe destination resort, boasting an amphitheater, a botanical garden, a fleet of luxury cars, insane water features, and a massive spa.
Rates at the Mardan Palace start at 260 Euros, and bonus some beds at the hotel have already been slept on by Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, and Heidi Klum, who were flown in for the massive opening gala as well.
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One & Only Resort has opened and despite the worldwide economic troubles, the luxury resort has decided to open with a serious bang--having Mariah Carey perform for Nelson Mandela at a private luncheon hosted today. Except that private luncheon including about 350 rich and famous folks. The official press release says:
Sol Kerzner (One and Only owner) introduced his 350 guests including: Mariah Carey, Thandie Newton, Marisa Tomei, Morgan Freeman, Sharon Stone, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon to the resort’s world renowned chefs, Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa.
The master ensemble of global musicians including Clint Eastwood’s son Kyle Eastwood on bass, legendary Dave Koz on saxophone; Jonathan Butler on guitar; the magnificent Patti Austin on vocals; Maceo Parker, formerly James Brown’s saxophone player, on sax; 6-year-old Cape Town percussion prodigy Daniel Peterson on drums and the amazing Hugh Masekela on Flugle & Trumpet performed an array of hits including “Fire & Rain,” “I’ll Take You There,” “Let’s Stay Together” and many more.
Naturally, a One & Only resort that opens with this much fanfare does not come cheap and we hardly expect room rates to be dropping anytime soon. Marina rooms begin at $540 a night and junior suites on one of the resort's two private harbour islands, begin at $1,770 a night.
Mariah Carey's picture is on display at Tippy's which she frequents when on Eleuthera.
The destined-to-be-divorced newlyweds Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon went on record with People magazine this week about their quickie nuptials.
"From the first time we sat down to discuss the video at the Beverly Hills Hotel, we connected," Cannon said. "We had so much in common spiritually, and we laugh at the same things. I didn't have to put on my Mac Daddy suave mode. I was able to be myself with her. We are both eternally 12 years old."
Good thing the law doesn't allow 12-year-olds to marry for reals. Anyways, Mariah has been spotted at Tippy's at Pineapple Fields in Eleuthera many times before. We're wondering if this is where Nick and her are holing up and if they are, then we are seriously jealous.