Mariah Swoons Over Aretha Franklin’s Piano Playing
“That was one of the best experiences ever,” she said of her 1998 VH1 Divas Live performance with Aretha Franklin, in which the two teamed up for a performance of “Chain of Fools.”
During rehearsal, Mariah recalled that the air conditioning was turned on too high, and Aretha was not happy. “Everybody knew she didn’t care for the air conditioning,” said Mariah.
Mariah shared the iconic soul singer’s response to the venue being too cold: “Mariah, they’re playing games. And I’m not having the games. So we won’t be rehearsing tonight,” Mariah recalled Aretha saying.
The “Fantasy” singer referenced JHud’s tribute to Mariah, which also featured Coco Jones, Boys II Men, and Patti LaBelle, for this year’s TheGrio Awards, which honor African American excellence. (The 2023 TheGrio Awards air November 25 on CBS and will stream on Paramount+.)