It's hard to believe Mariah Carey has been at the top of the music scene now for 27 years. Her first self-titled album was released in 1990 to massive success, and she hasn't really slowed down in her career since.
Flash-forward through 13 albums, 63 singles, five Grammys, a Vegas residency, two children, a few men and a net worth of $500 million, and you have the Carey of 2017. This is Mariah Carey the empire.
But how did she go from innocent 18-year-old opera-trained singer to powerhouse superstar? Well, it was a long and at times difficult journey through diva-infested waters. No one can or should claim Carey's road has been a simple one, but she has always managed to come out on top. Perhaps that's the sharpest point of all in her star.
Scroll through our slideshow to see the evolution of Mariah Carey through the decades.