There once was a time when Carey was more brunette than blonde and her natural curls ruled the red carpet. But some things never change—like a plunging neckline, a bright smile, and an award-worthy voice, as evidenced here at the 20th annual American Music Awards.
A fresh-faced Mariah Carey caught on candid camera in 1993, early in her career when her pristine register took the world by storm.
Leg-baring minis was and is nothing new for Mariah Carey. Here she is in 1997 at the WBLS Holiday Jams Concert in NYC with her gorgeous gams on full display.
Side-swept waves? Check. Décolletage on display? Double check. Lots of leg? Why, of course! It's Mariah Carey and the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, after all.
Carey has pretty much always been at the top of her game. From her self-titled album debut to American Idol and this Top Female Artist Album award at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards in '98 for Butterfly, in between.
Well, hello there, Hollywood! Carey was regal in all white at the 71st annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
It was October 19th when a slightly blonder Mariah Carey took the stage at the VH1/VOGUE Fashion Awards in NYC, serving sexy in full force.
Carey parted with her signature waves and skin-baring gowns for an equally as sexy look at the 30th annual American Music Awards. Her sleek, silky tresses balanced out this slinky silver gown perfectly and still showed off her killer curves.
Talk about a show starter! Here is Carey at the opening for her Charmbracelet tour in Las Vegas. That same year she won a whopping 12 awards from the Billboard Music Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, and more.
While she may be no pink panther, Carey was quite the flirty feline in this body-hugging pink gown at the Fresh Air Fund "Salute to American Heroes" gala at Tavern on the Green in New York City.
Va-va-voom Ms. Carey! After racking up a couple of awards at the 33rd annual American Music Awards, we still couldn't keep our attention off of the coloratura soprano's daring neckline.
Carey was the lady in red at the MTV Video Music Awards in Japan where she took home the International Video Icon Award.
From the signature blonde locks to that quintessential thigh-high split, Carey's glamour prevailed during this Grammys after-party that she co-hosted with longtime friend and collaborator, Jermaine Dupri.
If you've got it, flaunt it! Almost two decades into her career, Carey (almost) bared it all for her Adventures of Mimi Tour stop in Miami.
Carey was one of the "young'uns" at Oprah Winfrey's 2005 Legends Ball, paying tribute to 25 African-American women in arts, entertainment, and civil rights, including Tina Turner, Nikki Giovanni, and Diana Ross. Here she is at the screening of the historic event a year later.
Then newlyweds Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon channeled old Hollywood glamor at the International Film Festival in Capri, Italy.
Mariah Carey shocked the world with her performance in the dramatic film, Precious. One of her first stops after the film's final cut was the 62nd Cannes Film Festival for its premiere.
This marked the year that Carey made as many movie awards and festival rounds as she did for music, thanks to her 2009 role in the heart-wrenching drama, Precious. Here she is with husband Nick Cannon at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Hollywood.
Carey's Precious run continued at the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
In the aftermath of Whitney Houston's tragic death in February, Carey led a tribute in Houston's honor at the 2012 BET Awards in Los Angeles.
In her most recent role as a judge on American Idol, Carey proves to still be a red—or rather blue—carpet stunner at the finalists party a few weeks ago in Los Angeles.