Mariah Carey will not be performing at the annual amfAR Cannes benefit at the end of this
month. The group wanted her, but Carey is finishing up her new record, taking care of twins,
and helping husband Nick Cannon recuperate from his unexpected illness this winter. Plus,
she and Nick and the kids were just in France celebrating their anniversary and the babies'
birthdays, so she's not going back. No word yet on who amfAR will round up for the event.
The entertainment end of things has been getting thinner and thinner, as acts need a lot
of prep time, and it costs a fortune to import whole bands and computer systems to reproduce
an act's sound. Many of the kinds of stars the amfAR audience likes don't actually perform
live anyway. The amfAR tent is a lot smaller than an arena, and lipsynching would be noticeable.
Meantime, the amfAR ticket buyers - the price gets higher every year - will watch and wait
to see if Sharon Stone is back. The hard working Stone hosted the amfAR Cannes auction for
years. But two years ago the group dumped her. Last month, Stone did go down to Brazil to
host an amfAR dinner. But a reappearance at the Cannes event is not likely. For one thing,
the auction - which seems to go on and on before, during, and after dinner - is now conducted
by Jamie Niven of Sotheby's. And he's made it clear that he doesn't want Stone involved in
that end of things. But that was her forte. She raised millions by cajoling, cooing, being
In 2010, the event had gross receipts of just over $6 million, less $2.26 in charitable
contributions, with gross income of $3.7 million. More to come on how amfAR spends its money...
Sunday 13 May 2012
Re: Philipp / Zurich 2003 (55,532)
by Billy from Greece
You're so lucky that you were on the Zurich show. Judging from the videos I've seen on YouTube, this must be one of the most epic vocal moments of Mariah's entire career. The performance of "Vision of Love" is mindblowing. (Wednesday 29 July 2015; 23:56)
European tour (55,531)
by Philipp from Switzerland
It's about time. Last time I saw her in Zürich, Switzerland back in 2003. That was epic. (Wednesday 29 July 2015; 23:34)
Baby and Shezz (55,530)
by Manny from U.S.
That was funny. Thanks for the laughs. I sometimes want to respond to some people in a negative way. This is a better approach. We can't changed some people here. Just like we can't change the fact that Mariah will return to Vegas, will have her Christmas concerts in New York and will go back to Europe. Oh, wait. And we can change the fact she will... read more (Wednesday 29 July 2015; 22:47)
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