Fantasia and Joe Pay Tribute to Mariah Carey at BMI Urban Awards

It’s not easy to follow in Mariah Carey’s footsteps. Four of the pop diva’s peers braved the tough task of covering her classics at the BMI Urban Awards in Beverly Hills last night. Following a DJ set from Jermaine Dupri, Mariah’s “Thank God I Found You” collaborator Joe impressed with his version of Mimi’s 2000 record-breaking hit “We Belong Together.”

Gospel star Karen Clark-Sheard followed with a stirring take on “Anytime You Need a Friend” before making way for Mariah’s Glitter co-star Eric Benét, who dueted on “One Sweet Day.”

“I’m gonna have to come out of these shoes,” said Fantasia before wowing the crowd with her cover of the inspirational “Hero.” She left the stage at one point to sing to Mariah and Nick, who were seated in the front row.

A humbled Mariah was in tears by the time she went up to accept her BMI Icon award, praising all the artists who performed in her honor.



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32 Comments

  1. Benzino's Missing Neck

    yasss fanny come up outta them shoes and let have!!

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  2. diamonte jones

    biiiiiiiiiiitch ! fantasia yu better sing HERO bitch !

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    Neiko Reply:

    @diamonte jones, My reactin exactly lol

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  3. jay sneed

    I need that Karen performance, I heard she destroyed it. Mariah deserves this award, i’m glad she’s starting to get a lot of the legendary awards this season.

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    MCLover Reply:

    @jay sneed, YES! Karen did “Anytime you need a Friend”!! RAP-UP Please post the video!!

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  4. Jay

    YES!!! Fantasia killed that!! And I feel like it’s the 90s seeing Joe. That dude can sang…he smashed one of my favorite songs!!! Awesome! Wish I could’ve been there for this. I gotta pull out all of MC’s albums now. HA! Love you Mariah!!!!! :)

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  5. LouLou

    Joe better sang! Love, love, love that man’s voice!

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  6. MariahFan

    WE BELONG TOGETHER WAS 2005-2006, NOT 2000!

    BUT THESE TRIBUTES WERE AWESOME!

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  7. D-LOC

    ICON BABY/OFFICIALLY….
    MC DESERVES ALL OF IT!!!!

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  8. Be3000

    JOE KILLED IT! I wasn’t really feeling Fantasia’s performance, were did her shoes go?

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    Json Reply:

    @Be3000, If you looked at the damn video you’ll see she took them off when she first came out asshole

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    B to the C down to the Man Orange Reply:

    @Be3000, your slow & Blind as hell Bitch & Dumb

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  9. DRB

    Great Fanny and Joe but I NEED Karen! I assume y’all didn’t get it or aren’t putting it up

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  10. TRP

    Fantasia can bring out emotion in anybody! I still say she’s one of the greatest vocalist on earth.

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  11. ras

    fantasia is so phenomenal the best singer of our time

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  12. Json

    Plz post Karen Clark – Sheard

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  13. A Realist

    Yessssss Joe! Slayed. Omg @RapUp please please please upload the Anytime You Need A Friend performance.

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  14. theman

    They did an awesome job !!!

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  15. eddie

    Go Mariah love her

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  16. jay$$

    Please post the KC-S video singing “anytime you need a friend” .

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  17. bffishe

    YES YES YES FANTASIA! Give Mimi the love and support she deserves!

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  18. MCLover

    RapUp- PLEASE post the Karen Clark Sheard performance! It is NO where to be found!!

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  19. Yo

    Fantasia slayed.

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  20. Purp-Lexxed

    Seriously though, why didn’t anyone record Karen or Eric’s performances? You realize that’s Karen CLARK-Sheard… singing a Mariah Carey song, right? But ya’ll record Fantasia??! Wompidy-Womp-womp!

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  21. Hmmm...

    Where is Karen?!?!?!?! Put the video up, or y’all didn’t bother to record it because y’all hadn’t heard of 4 time Grammy award winner Karen Clark Sheard?

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  22. Kshhhh

    Hey Rap UP…pleassssse post the vid of KAREN CLARK SHEARD singing Anytime You Need A Friend. Heard and read that she totally SLAYYYYED!!!!

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  23. Shuan

    Karen Clark Sheard…..please post her sangin!

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  24. Jessica

    Fantasia rocked the tribute last night!

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  25. D-LOC

    maybe stevie wonder or gladys knight or nancy wilson or quincy jones or patti for a more serious tribute….(MAYBE NEXT TIME…)
    whats next, LINCOLN CENTER!!!
    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. LilRoyalty

    My sis Fantasia slaaaayed the hell outta my mama’s song…MC DESERVES IT ALL..SO BET CALL TASIA FOR THE NEXT MC TRIBUTE..& JOE KILLED THOSE NOTES…LOVE THAT THEY BOTH BOWED TO THE QUEEN.

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  27. LilRoyalty

    Her influence transends all of us,& Her songs touch everyone in everyway..LOVE U MC.

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  28. B to the C down to the Man Orange

    Beautiful performance of Fantasia & Joe

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