No Mariah Carey for amfAR in Cannes

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 outrageous.
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...

(Forbes)

Sunday 13 May 2012
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Addicted to lip (47,712) by Andrew from UK

I think Mariah is unable to let go of lip-syncing parts of songs completely. In that My All video down there, she does pretty well. I dare say it even sounds "good". But the first chorus is lipped, even though she was singing those notes in that voice throughout the concert. I think she is so lacking in confidence that miming is her "blanky". Why i... read more
(Friday 31 October 2014; 17:02)
Christmas shows (47,711) by Lee from UK

That poster for the Christmas shows says "first annual". Does that mean this is going to be a yearly thing that Mariah is doing from now on? I sure hope so. I would plan my holidays around this and go and see it every year.
(Friday 31 October 2014; 16:49)
Why Mariah will never work with Walter again (47,710) by Baby from Sweden

He won't give Mariah her props (a.k.a. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.) for being the principle songwriter on their collaborations. Notice how he dodges even mentioning the melodies and lyrics Mariah wrote herself on songs like AIWFCIY in every interview he gives to this day. He makes it all about his own contributions and will even go as far as to belittle the gre... read more
(Friday 31 October 2014; 15:59)
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