Mariah’s Lasting Impact: Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga

Mariah Carey’s lasting impact on the new generation of female pop stars

Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga


They call the music Mariah. TIME Magazine named Mariah Carey the Ultimate Pop Star of All Time. The feature fails to explain why. If you’ve ever played 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon, this is sort of like that. If you really look at the major female pop stars of music today, who are known for bold femininity, big voices, and hit singles, you will see a little bit of Mariah in everyone. These comparisons are not made to disrespect any of the other artists, it is mainly to point out the indelible impact Mariah Carey’s stardom, scope and longetivity. Without her, we may not have the types of artists we have today, many of whom model themselves after Mariah in some way, shape or form. After much negative reviews lately and harsh criticism from the media, it’s time to really take a look at how much has influenced a generation of strong women. Whether they like to admit it or not, they grew up on Mariah’s music.


It’s difficult to compare purely sensational artist Lady Gaga to Mariah or anyone. They are both very unique artists and truly one and only talents. Meanwhile
they both enjoy the mega stardom that comes with it!

Like Mariah, Lady Gaga enjoys the super devoted fan bases, hit singles and multi-personas. Mariah has paved a pathway into the music pop world for such nuances for Mariah’s many different album eras have painted lasting impressions on the music pop culture world. Before there were Monsters, there were Lambs. Before Twitter, Mariah was leaving personalized messages on her website (until the meltdown incident). Basically, before Gaga, there was the one and only Mimi.

It is striking Gaga’s current fashions, image choices, and  juxtapositions that look a bit familiar.

High Fashion-istas!

Gaga’s as of late has been positioned alongside Donatella Versace – one of Mariah’s long time friends, designers and supporters. Gaga has been known to emulate/copy/reference other pop stars – but she’s definitely in hot pursuit now. Gaga’s hair extensions in her G.U.Y. video and some of the compositions definitely take from of Mariah’s huge comeback video It’s Like That – in which Mariah was channelling Donatella. A few Obsessed moments are borrowed as well (in similar diva fashion like Taylor Swift’s Blank Space references to We Belong Together and Touch My Body). Gaga’s recently attempts to possess the coveted diva-goddess image Mariah has defined so well for so long.

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Classic Diva Songbirds

Mariah’s versatility gave her mass appeal on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Adult Contemporary. Lady Gaga proves she can also not only please her younger audience, but that she has a sensibility for real music.

Gaga released a duet album with Tony Bennett. Coincidentally, her image choice is very reminiscent of young Mariah’s photo with Bennett years earlier.While Mariah herself may not have had the idea of this duet album, Mariah is the queen of duets. She has sung alongside some of the very best singers including Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Brian McKnight, and Tony Bennett himself on Duets II (When Do the Bells Ring For Me?)

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Mariah and Lady Gaga love pianos! Mariah actually owns Marilyn Monroe’s white baby grand piano. And Lady Gaga is known for her untouchable piano acts. They both sexualize this ivory-keyed instrument quite well!

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Very recently, Lady Gaga stopped by for Mariah’s AIWFCIS Christmas show to support her original New York diva herself!

Taking a selfie with the beautiful @ladygaga! Merry Christmas!!

Une photo publiée par Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) le Déc. 12, 2014 at 5:54 PST