Mariah Carey Turned Down a Post-Election Offer: ‘Thank You for the Nomination’

Singer Mariah Carey has had a lot going on in 2020. But like many others, she’s also been fixated on the 2020 presidential election. Though election day has come and gone, Carey fielded an interesting proposal regarding the occasion. Learn what it was and her perfect response here.

Mariah Carey released ‘Save the Day’

In between Taylor Swift’s “Only the Young” and Demi Lovato’s “Commander-in-Chief” came another anthem about fighting the division in the U.S. by voting. “Save the Day” was actually written nearly a decade ago, but Carey held off releasing it until 2020, as the lead single off her compilation album The Rarities.

When the song finally dropped, the timing was perfect. While it still would have taken on a message of hope about a country in peril if it had debuted earlier, the election gave it a renewed meaning. “I started writing this years ago,” Carey wrote (via Variety), “and the message rings true now more than ever: ‘We’re all in this together.'”

She encouraged everyone to vote 

Mariah Carey attends Variety's 2019 Power of Women: Los Angeles presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 11, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
Mariah Carey | Amy Sussman/FilmMagic

Carey’s song and accompanying videos weren’t the only way she encouraged voting. As she promoted the compilation album, her book The Meaning of Mariah Carey, and the 30th anniversary of her debut album, the artist also joined other celebrities in sharing voter registration information ahead of and during the election.

“Today is #ElectionDay,” Carey wrote on Twitter on November 3. “the last chance you have to make sure YOUR voice is HEARD! If you have questions OR need to report any issues at the polls, call 866-Our-Vote #electionprotection #CountEveryVote #iwillvote #everyvotecounts.”

Carey retweeted a joke to make a point

As the election runoff continued into Thursday, November 5, there was a lot of focus on Nevada. Many made jokes about the state’s delay, where much of the uncounted votes were in Las Vegas. One account joked, “Mariah Carey coming to count the #Nevada votes and SAVE US ALL,” sharing a photo of the singer in a limo.

Carey retweeted this, turning down the pretend offer while supporting those doing their jobs in Nevada. “Thank you for the nomination, but I’m going to leave it to the proper authorities to make sure every vote counts, as it should,” she wrote, again adding the hashtag, “#CountEveryVote.”

It’s the singer’s favorite time of year

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In response to the tweet about Carey, one Twitter user replied, “She gave us a Christmas holiday classic… hasn’t she done enough?” They’re referring, of course, to “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Carey’s 1994 single, which broke the record for the longest trip to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking on its 25th anniversary.

In the years since, Carey has leaned into her image as the artist that most represents the holiday season. At midnight on Nov. 1, 2020, she tweeted a video of her proclaiming that now that Halloween was over, it was her time of year. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” began to climb the charts again that very day.