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Mariah Carey Received a New Award, but Not for Her Singing

For Mariah Carey, Christmas seems like it just came early. The singer has had a really great week, between her classic holiday song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” hitting the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and winning an award for her work to help shelter animals.

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PETA just announced Monday that Carey will receive this year’s Angel for Animals Award after her work on an animated film about animal adoption. The film, which is about a little girl who gets her Christmas wish in a puppy named Jack who she finds at an animal shelter, is named after Carey’s song, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and its goal is to encourage families to consider adopting from local shelters if they’re adding pets to their households this holiday season. Carey also produced and narrated the movie and provided the music for it.

“Her holiday film reminds us all that caring for an animal is a responsibility, not just a fantasy,” PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange said in a statement. “The one sweet day when you meet the dog who will always be your baby, you know that you belong together.”

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Carey hasn’t publicly commented on the award yet, but she did have something to say to Billboard after her song, which is 23 years old, hit the top 10 for the first time since its 1994 release.

“This is such an amazing Christmas gift! As a songwriter, I feel so honored to have this song reach Billboard’s [Hot 100] top 10 for the first time,” she said. “I honestly never thought we’d be talking about this happening, but I’m so thankful to everyone who embraces this song as part of their holiday tradition. It truly warms my heart, and I am proud of this song that I wrote basically as a kid on my little Casio keyboard.”

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Considering it’s not even Christmas until “All I Want for Christmas Is You” plays, this is well-deserved. Congrats to Carey on her amazing week!

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