Mariah Carey made a surprise appearance at the BET Awards Sunday night (June 26) to join Latto for her performance of “Big Energy.” The single originally came out in September 2021, but Carey hopped on a remix of the track this March. For their live performance of “Big Energy” together, Carey belted out a high note while hidden behind a screen. Once it was raised and she was revealed, confetti rained down and Latto gave Carey a bouquet of flowers. Watch it happen below.
Earlier in the evening, Lizzo opened the BET Awards with a live rendition of “About Damn Time” from her forthcoming album Special.
In April, Latto released her second album, 777. In addition to “Big Energy,” it also includes the singles “Soufside,” “Wheelie,” and “Sunshine” featuring Childish Gambino and Lil Wayne. Earlier in June, she collaborated on Lakeyah’s new single “Mind Yo Business.”
Mariah Carey’s most recent record, a deluxe edition reissue of Merry Christmas, came out in 2019. Since then, she’s shared a rarities collection, announced a memoir, starred in an AppleTV+ Christmas special, recorded “Oh Santa!” with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, and hopped on “Somewhat Loved” with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Carey also revealed that she secretly worked on “an alternative album” back in 1995.
Revisit Pitchfork’s feature “Forever Mariah: An Interview With an Icon.”