So, I’m listening to Mariah Carey’s MTV Unplugged album from 1992 and every time I hear that record, I’m so moved and I’m in awe of the beauty and power of her voice. When I was 7 and my mother had this album on repeat, I remember wanting to be just like her and wanting to sing. As I recalled all of this, I thought “People talk so much crap about Mariah Carey, but the fact still remains that she was simply amazing and till this day most people cannot match the vocals she had.”
What I’m absolutely sick of is how people horribly disrespect artists like Mariah Carey because they aren’t vocally what they used to be. Yes, it’s true that Mariah hasn’t performed well vocally since around 2005-2006. I’m not saying pretend that there’s nothing wrong and say a performance (or album) was great if it wasn’t. I don’t have an issue with the criticisms; it’s the NATURE of the criticisms.
To me, there is a difference between “I’m not buying that album because I don’t care for it” or “I’m not attending the tour because her voice is not up to par” and “Mariah ain’t shit” or “ She doesn’t sound like she used to, so whatever”. Some people have completely disregarded her and acted like her previous accomplishments don’t mean anything because of the last few years of her career; throwing her away like trash. And Mariah’s not the only one: Janet Jackson has also been spit on and people have been even worse to Whitney Houston.
Again, I’m not saying reward bad behavior, but there’s a line between constructive/fair criticisms and down-right cruel comments. People have been mean, rude and disrespectful and it’s just unfair and unnecessary. It’s HUGELY unfair because these artists have worked so hard for so long and have sacrificed so much for 20 or more years, providing great music and memories, and they’re being defined and limited to their present which is 2% of their career. Furthermore, the disrespect irritates me because artists like them have, in some shape or form, influenced or inspired many of the current artists that people praise today. Current artists, who will one day be forty-something and may be in the same position (hopefully not). Give credit and criticism where its due.