Once named the most successful artist of the 1990s by <i>Billboard</i> magazine, pop diva Mariah Carey overcame an industry biased towards her mixed ethnicity to become one of the most successful solo artists of all time. Following her self-titled debut album, Carey spent the next several years topping the charts while becoming the first artist to ever have their first five singles reach No. 1. Though reluctant at first to sing on stage, Carey delivered a rousing performance on "MTV Unplugged," which led to high ratings for the series and a best-selling album. But it was her third record, <i>Music Box</i>, that established her as an international star, thanks to over 30 million copies selling worldwide. With her career at full tilt and her Cinderella-like marriage to Columbia Records executive, Tommy Mottola, Carey seemed to have it all. But by the end of the decade, her squeaky clean image and seemingly perfect marriage started to crack. Following a highly-publicized separation and divorce from Mottola, she had a public breakdown that resulted in a hospital stay. Meanwhile, album sales plummeted while Carey made a disastrous acting debut in the much-maligned drama, "Glitter" (2001). Despite what many considered to be a permanent career setback, Carey emerged vindicated only a few years later with <i>The Emancipation of Mimi</i> (2005), which put her atop the charts while winning two Grammy Awards. Once ridiculed for her acting, Carey also found herself the subject of serious Oscar buzz for her performance as a social worker in the indie drama, "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" (2009), all of which helped solidify Carey as one of the most versatile and beloved performers of her generation.