Mariah Carey wants to be known as the “Queen of Christmas” and may have a strong claim to the title given the inevitable holiday hit.
However, at least two other singers say the crown belongs to them, including a rival diva who recorded a season-defining track several years before Carey was born.
Variety reports that Carey is trying to trademark the “Queen of Christmas,” not only embracing a nickname she once disapproved of, but also giving her exclusive use on a wider range of merchandise. .
Darlene Love, singer of the 1963 classic tune “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, objected to the move on Facebook.
“David Letterman officially proclaimed me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before the release of ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You,'” Love wrote, how he’d seen Letterman’s Late Every Year for decades. The tune was sung in the night show. ,
“At 81, I am not changing anything,” she said. “I’ve been in this business for 52 years, earned it and can still hit those notes! Call David or my lawyer if Maria has a problem!!”
Singer Elizabeth Chan, who focuses almost exclusively on Christmas songs, has been calling herself the “Queen of Christmas” for years, and has filed a Declaration of Opposition to the trademark application.
“I feel very strongly that no one should hold onto or monopolize anything around Christmas in the way that Mariah has always wanted to,” Chan told Variety. “It’s not okay to do that. Christmas is for everyone. It’s for sharing; it’s not for owning.”
Carrie filed for the trademark in March 2021; It was published for the opposition only last month.
The filing includes the use of the title on a number of products, including songs, cosmetics, clothing, dog clothing, food and drink — and of course, Christmas tree decorations.