People: Dec. 19, 2005

HIGH NOTES FOR MARIAH

For a while, it seemed even her five-octave range and chart-topping history couldn't save MARIAH CAREY from a career meltdown. When her 2001 movie Glitter became synonymous with box-office bust and her public behavior began to include such acts as an impromptu striptease on MTV, Carey's record company paid her a reported $28 million just to go away. But a Carey comeback that started with this year's second-best-selling CD, The Emancipation of Mimi, has crescendoed with the singer earning eight Grammy nominations for Mimi and the single We Belong Together. "This year has been such a blessing,"...

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