It was a family affair for superstar singer Mariah Carey as she brought her Merry Christmas One and All! tour to the Hollywood Bowl for two sold-out shows on November 17 and 19.
Joining the superstar on stage both nights were her 12-year-old twins (with Nick Cannon), Moroccan and Monroe, or “Roc and Roe,” as the singer put it. Carey’s daughter, Monroe, joined her mother for a duet on the sizzling “Jesus Born on This Day,” from Carey’s 1994 holiday album Merry christmas, with Monroe also fronting a stirring version of The Waitresses’ ‘Christmas Wrapping’. Morroccan made a brief appearance for “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane).” Joyful versions – complete with all the “zhuzh,” Carey noted – of her Christmas standards started the set list with cheers.
On Sunday night, chilly Santa Ana winds blew through the packed venue, where the sold-out crowd was decked out in festive holiday sweaters with sequins and neon lights as Carey’s voice hit all the high notes with ease during the 90-minute set that also included Carey’s break. her Christmas playlist to shout out a man in the front row wearing a “Why Are You So Obsessed With Me” long-sleeved T-shirt featuring Carey and Gucci Mane.
Carey couldn’t resist – perhaps she was obsessed herself – and released an a cappella snippet of the hit ‘Obsessed’, much to the delight of her adoring fans. She then segued into a greatest hits mash-up of “Always Be My Baby” / “Dreamlover” / “Honey” / “Heartbreaker” / “A No No” / “It’s a Wrap” / “Emotions” / ” Make It Happen” / “Fly Like a Bird.” This led to her releasing soulful renditions of ‘We Belong Together’ – she also gave a nod to co-writer Jermaine Dupri, who was at the show, noting that the night they wrote it will forever be ’embraced’ in her mind his – and wrap with her anthem ‘Hero’, in addition to the accompaniment of her rhythmic band, which in her words delivered her Christmas carols that added zhuzh.
Of course, the encore writes itself, as Carey and company went all Christmas for her No. 1 hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which she performed earlier in the day for the Billboard Music Awards.