On May 6 five-time GRAMMY winner Mariah Carey released "#Beautiful" featuring fellow GRAMMY winner Miguel, the lead track from her forthcoming album due later this year. Prior to the single's release, Carey participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com on the set of "American Idol" to discuss "#Beautiful" and collaborating with Miguel.
"The best part of making music, for me, is collaborating and working with new people and fresh sounds and all those things that gets people excited to continue in this business that we all love so much," said Carey. "The feedback that's been coming to us is astonishing. I feel like this is the first record I've ever released."
Considered the best-selling female artist to emerge in the '90s, Huntington, N.Y., native Carey rose to stardom on the strength of her five-octave range. Carey released her self-titled debut album in 1990, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and spawned four No. 1 singles and earned her two GRAMMY Awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "Vision Of Love."
Carey has released more than 15 Top 10 albums, including Daydream (1995) and The Emancipation Of Mimi (2005), both of which peaked at No. 1 and earned GRAMMY nominations for Album Of The Year. With the release of 2008's E=MC2, Carey scored her 18th No. 1 hit with "Touch My Body," placing her second to the Beatles for the most chart-topping singles. Carey's most recent studio album, 2009's Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, climbed to No. 3 and featured the Top 10 hit "Obsessed."
Co-produced and co-written by Carey and Miguel, "#Beautiful" will be featured on Carey's 13th studio album, which is due in summer 2013 and features production from GRAMMY winners The-Dream, Jermaine Dupri, Hit-Boy, and Rodney Jerkins, among others. The video for "#Beautiful" will premiere May 8 on "American Idol," on which Carey is currently a judge.