Fast Facts

  • Got her big break by giving her demo to Sony president Tommy Mottola at a party.
  • In 2006, started lines of fragrances and jewelry, and signed to produce musical ring tones on cell phones for Pepsi.
  • Insured her legs for $1 billion.
  • Her subtle, decidedly unglamorous turn as a social worker in the acclaimed 2009 drama Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire earned her a Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
  • That same year, Billboard magazine named her 2005 hit "We Belong Together" as top song of the decade.
  • Her 1994 hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which Rolling Stone calls the fourth-best rock Christmas song ever, in 2011 became the first Yule song to top two million in digital sales.
  • Her charitable efforts have earned her a Congressional Horizon Award.


  • 2005, Grammy — Best Contemporary R&B Album: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1990, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 1990, Grammy — Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2010, People's Choice Awards — Favorite R&B Artist: Winner
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Monroe Cannon — Daughter
  • James Packer — Fiancé
  • Nick Cannon — Husband (separated)
  • Moroccan Scott Cannon — Son
  • Alfred Carey — Father
  • Alison Carey Scott — Sister
  • Luis Miguel — Ex-significant Other
  • Derek Jeter — Ex-significant Other
  • Morgan Carey — Brother
  • Patricia Hickey — Mother
  • Tommy Mottola — Ex-husband

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  • Birth Place: Huntington, New York, United States
  • Birthday: March 27, 1970, Aries
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer

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