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
Looking back videos (53,820)
by Will from England
Wow, she really hates her early videos. I hope they get more positive later on. (Thursday 28 May 2015; 21:27)
Random moments (53,819)
by Lee TS from USA
Because M idolizes Aretha and Patti, I would like to see M take more after Patti than Aretha. I don't know the history between Aretha and Patti or follow their careers close enough to know, but it seems like Aretha is known for being shady boots and Patti comes off as more graceful and god-motherly-like. It seems like M is becoming more or has been... read more (Thursday 28 May 2015; 20:59)
Mariah on Idol (53,818)
by Ty from USA
Honestly? Idol has been corny for years. I have not watched it in years, only when Mariah was on it. Mariah is worthy as Aretha Franklin said, Mariah is a real singer and songwriter. The show has been in decline mode since 2010. (Thursday 28 May 2015; 19:32)
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