Mariah Carey is one of the best-selling female recording artists of all time. She was born on March 27, 1970, in Long Island, New York, to parents of Irish and Venezuelan descent. Her mother was an opera singer and voice coach who recognized her daughter's talent right from the start. With a signature five-octave vocal range and a killer body, there was no stopping her in the '90s. It all started when Columbia Records president Tommy Mottola was slipped a copy of her demo tape at a party. As soon as he heard the sounds coming out of Mariah's lips, he knew that she was special and signed her immediately. Mottola has gone on to work with epic singers such as Jennifer Lopez
. With Mariah's first album, she won Best Female Vocalist and Best New Artist at the Grammys. Her career had been launched and there was no turning back. In June 1993 she married Mottola, but the young and feisty Mariah clashed with the older
record exec. The two divorced in 1998, but both went onto further success. When her album Butterfly
was released, Mariah put on shorter skirts and her singing voice became more breathy. This hot-to-trot divorcee started showing off her spunky, sexual side. In one of the more memorable episodes of MTV's Cribs, Mariah hops on the stairmaster in a pair of sky high pumps and starts working out in true diva fashion. Mariah moved on to marry entertainer Nick Canon, who happens to be 10 years her junior, and she became a member of the MILF
club. She is still making music and was a judge on American Idol with Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj
, although the two females never seem to get along.