Mariah baffles crowd with speech
Mariah Carey left an awards ceremony audience baffled as she gave a rambling, nonsensical acceptance speech.
The Obsessed singer picked up a gong at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her performance in Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire.
Wearing a skin-tight, black-beaded full-length Herve Leger gown, she greeted her presenter and Precious director Lee Daniels with a little dance and a big hug.
She then hesitated for a few seconds, looked to the ceiling, sighed and said: "Please forgive me, because I'm a little bit, um ..." An audience member finished the sentence for her with an obscenity, to which Mariah replied, "Yeah!" adding a long, hearty laugh.
"Oooooooh, my goodness!" she then bellowed.
For the next few minutes, Mariah - who plays a social worker in the film - rambled on about first reading Push, about meeting author Sapphire, and about meeting one of the night's other honourees, Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, whom Daniels said turned down a role in the film.
In the midst of praising Daniels' work, Mariah spontaneously burst into applause.
"Sorry," she told Daniels. "Sometimes I get a little..." She then stopped cold to snap her fingers, then added: "... you know, difficult." And then she giggled again.
Mid-speech, Daniels turned away from Mariah and said: "Oh, god."
As she was applauded off the stage, Mariah then added: "I thank you all for all listening to my little spiel... and god bless you."