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Aretha Franklin was performing on VH1 Divas Live in 1998 when she invited Mariah Carey on stage for an unforgettable duet of 'Chain of Fools'.
Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey singing 'Chain of Fools' in 1998 is astounding.
The Queen of Soul was appearing on VH1 Divas Live when she announced that she was inviting a guest on stage with 'no rehearsal'.
Mariah Carey then walks out from behind the scenes to join Aretha Franklin and the two perform a duet of 'Chain of Fools' that completely stuns the crowd.
The clip has re-emerged thanks to Mariah Carey who is celebrating 'Divas Week' on her social media.
The last week in March sees some of the biggest singing 'divas' celebrate their birthdays over a seven day period.
Divas sharing the same birthday week include Chaka Khan (March 23), Aretha Franklin (March 25), Diana Ross (March 26) and Mariah Carey herself (March 27).
Mariah posted a video of her a Aretha performing on her social media alongside the caption: "Happy DIVA week!!!! Highlighting some of my favorite moments w/these incredible timeless QUEENS of everything!!!!!"
Aretha Franklin & Mariah Carey Perform 'Chain of Fools' at VH1 Divas | VH1
"Enjoy! And LOVE to all the “Typical Aries” (said like Ms. Franklin) in all the land!," she added, "Happy Birthday Queen of Soul!"
Taking to social media, Mariah Carey shared a clip of her performing with Aretha against a backdrop of her describing the performance with quotes from her latest book The Meaning of Mariah Carey.
Describing how Aretha Franklin brought her on stage, Mariah recalls: "She told the audience that she and her 'newest girlfriend' didn't get to rehearse. 'But she's going to come out and join me'."
Happy DIVA week!!!! Highlighting some of my favorite moments w/these incredible timeless QUEENS of everything!!!!! Enjoy! And LOVE to all the “Typical Aries” (said like Ms. Franklin) in all the land!— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) March 25, 2021
Happy Birthday Queen of Soul! pic.twitter.com/72dTmC1eX0
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"The band began 'Chain of Fools,' and I walked out on the stage," Mariah says over footage of the two in 1998.
"Her energy was so powerful. I just kept my focus on her and sang when she told me to sing. And we did the song."
"I ended with a bow and an 'All hail the queen!' How else do you exit a moment like that?" she recalls, adding that Aretha "Just jeered to me and said, 'Ms. Carey, that was enough for my soul.'"
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