Urban Music Award honors MariahBEVERLY HILLS, California - Mariah Carey was late to the BMI Urban Music Awards, where she was the guest of honor, but that didn’t stop other artists from singing her praises.
Fantasia Barrino and Eric Benet were among those who serenaded the star with her own hits. Benet performed “One Sweet Day’’ and the former “American Idol’’ sang “Hero’’ during the private ceremony at the Saban Theatre, where writers, producers and publishers of the year’s top urban hits were recognized Friday.
Barrino stepped off the stage and stood right in front of Carey in the audience’s front row as she wailed the final words of the song. When she finished, they embraced. The BMI chief, Del Bryant, presented Carey with the music-rights organization’s Icon Award for her outstanding songwriting that has resulted in 18 No. 1 singles and more than 200 million albums sold.
Bryant called Carey “an unparalleled musical superstar’’ and “the greatest singer in history.’’