WATCH: Mariah Carey Sings “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Live To Celebrate Song’s 20th Anniversary On Tree-Lighting Special
Mariah Carey kicked off Wednesday’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” with a live performance of her holiday classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” The special performance celebrated the song’s 20th anniversary. Check out the video below!
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” was released in November 1994 as the lead single from Carey’s album, Merry Christmas. The song has been so successful, it has charted almost every year since, thanks to radio airplay and, in recent years, digital sales. The track has become a holiday staple, and has inspired many cover versions, most recently by Fifth Harmony. And Carey’s original version is one of her biggest hits worldwide, and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Interestingly, Carey’s celebratory performance on “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” was meant to be pre-taped on Tuesday night. Carey, however, was three hours late, reportedly due to a phone call regarding her divorce, keeping fans and the show crew waiting for hours. By the time she showed, NBC pulled the plug on her performance, only to reconsider early Wednesday and decide to have her perform live. Carey, who has appeared on the show several times before, tweeted about the issue, “Last night’s situation was beyond my control. I apologize to all that showed up, you know that I would never want to disappoint you.”
She later revealed she would now be opening the show, and went on to share a backstage photo from her dressing room at Rockefeller Center. While Carey appeared visibly frustrated with her ear pieces during the live performance, it was largely a success. Check out Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” video below, and tell us what you think!