Mariah Carey may be best known for her INCREDIBLE voice - and more recently, her role as a judge this season on American Idol - but it's perhaps a lesser-known fact that she is also a talented songwriter, having penned some of her own biggest hits!
Well, thankfully, at the BMI Urban Awards this past Friday, her talents did NOT go unrecognized, as the diva was awarded with the publishing association's Icon Award…despite showing up an hour into the ceremony!
Ch-ch-check her out making her grand entrace (above)!
During her acceptance speech, she explained:
"I'm so humbled by this moment because a lot of people still don't know I write my own songs. It's so great. I've been writing songs my whole life, I love it. It's my favorite form of expression and release. Tonight's not really about diva dramatics or gossipy moments, it's about the music and that's what's important to me."
For someone as SUPREMELY talented as you are, we're thrilled to know that the music industry is aware of how lucky they are to have you, and honoring you as such!
Now keep writing - and BELTING - out those fantastic tunes, gurl!
And CONGRATZ again!
[Image via WENN.]