Mariah Carey sings at 'Plot Your Escape,' 1st concert since twins' birth
Mariah Carey recently performed for the first time since giving birth to her and husband Nick Cannon's twins almost one year ago.
The 41-year-old singer wore a black Chanel dress sang several of her hits, such as "Hero," "Touch my Body," "We Belong Together" and the Jackson 5 cover "I'll Be There" and a new version of her 2005 song "Shake It Off" at the free "Plot Your Escape" concert in New York City on Thursday, March 1.
Diddy served as her opening act and the concert also featured an appearance from Mel B of the Spice Girls.
Carey gave birth to twins Monroe and Moroccan, who also go by "Roc and Roe,"on April 30, 2011 via Caesarean section. She Cannon married on that date three years beforehand.
Her husband, who is recovering after battling a series of health ailments, recently posted a YouTube video of Carey performing "Shake It Off" at the "Plot Your Escape" concert.
"It was great to be able to go and see her back on stage doing her thing," Cannon said on his website on Friday.
The "Plot Your Escape" gig is part of a four-show concert series, which is sponsored by Caesars Entertainment's "Escape to Total Rewards" program and was streamed online.
Rapper Lil Wayne and R&B star Cee Lo Green of the NBC singing contest series "The Voice," performed in Los Angeles. Rock band Maroon 5, whose lead singer Adam Levine also stars in "The Voice," and pop and soul singer Sara Bareilles performed in Chicago.
R&B singer Mary J. Blige and rock singer Gavin DeGraw, who was recently revealed to be a celebrity contestant on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," sang in New Orleans.
Disney Fantasy cruise chip christening
Also on Thursday, Carey and Cannon attended the christening of the new Disney Fantasy cruise in New York (see video). It is the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Carey had a No. 1 pop hit titled "Fantasy" in 1995.
The musical event was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, who called the vessel "incredible," and also featured a stand-up comedy performance from Jerry Seinfeld (see video).
"Oh my god. I'm on a boat!" he joked.
Carey joined Disney CEO Bob Iger and the crowd in a toast, which also featured another special guest.
"I'm so excited to be here, Mickey, as always. Fabulous ensemble," Carey said, adding: "I didn't want Minnie to go out by herself so I asked my hubby, my sweetheart Nick Cannon, to be her escort."
Cannon then appeared alongside the character as his wife led the crowd in a countdown chant.
"I christen thee Disney Fantasy," Carey said, just before glittering confetti rained down. "May God bless this ship and all who sail on her."