Monday, May 27, 2024

UPDATE: Mariah Carey’s Original Songwriter Was at SHOF Dinner, She Didn’t Acknowledge Him or Any Other of Her Writers


Mariah Carey was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last night. Ironically, she’s never written the music to any of her songs.

Go figure.

In the audience at the Marriott Marquis Ballroom last night was Ben Margulies. He was invited by his song publisher. In 1989, Margulies wrote “Vision of Love” and six other songs on her debut album. They’re still her best songs. Although Margulies was in the audience, Carey didn’t acknowledge or thank him.

Indeed, Carey didn’t mention any of the dozens of writers who wrote her hits, all of whom are listed in detail on Wikipedia. She took credit for being a pioneering female songwriter. Watching her acceptance speech is nauseating.

Among the writers she didn’t acknowledge were Walter Afanasieff, Jermaine Dupri (who was also there), Narada Michael Walden, Dave Hall (“Dreamlover”) or the writers whose songs she sampled in whole like Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, Maurice White, or Badfinger’s Pete Ham.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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