Pop star Mariah Carey has given her Christmas crown to another woman she feels is better suited to be called the "Queen of Christmas."
Carey told BBC radio host Zoe Ball that she did not come up with the title “Queen of Christmas” and feels that the moniker belongs to the virgin Mary, the mother of Christ.
“Can I just say that I did not create the title or the moniker ‘Queen of Christmas,’” Carey explained. “I did not do that. That was other people, and I just want to humbly say that I don’t consider myself that," Carey said on “The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show,” which aired on BBC 2 Friday.
Carey elaborated, telling listeners that she does not deserve to be called by the title but that Mary, the mother of Christ, was the real “Queen of Christmas.” Carey's comments came after Ball lightheartedly introduced the singer to listeners by the nickname given to her by fans. The pop star downplayed her success humbly, suggesting she was someone who has been blessed to write and perform many Christmas songs.
"And let's face it, you know, everybody's faith is what it is. But to me, Mary is the Queen of Christmas,” she told BBC listeners Friday.
Even though Carey is not a Christian artist, she does feature the occasional faith-based song on her albums.
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Carey featured a song entitled "Heavenly (No Ways Tired / Can’t Give Up Now)" on her 2014 album "Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse." The song encourages listeners to never give up. The song also features the Bible verse Psalm 34:18, which tells listeners, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit," the Christian Post reported.
Carey’s latest song, "Fall in Love with Christmas," keeps with her tradition of featuring Christian themes or gospel artists in her music.
She revealed that the new song features gospel legend Kirk Franklin and his choir.
"Don't be fooled when you think the song is over; you're going to hear a big Gospel moment that might give you a little bit of the spirit," Carey told the BBC when introducing her new song Friday.
Carey has been quite open with her faith in crediting her relationship with God as what saved her life after she had a mental breakdown in 2002, according to the Christian Post. Carey's ex-husband Nick Cannon told “The Breakfast Club” that she was "very much into the Bible," and that was a primary motivation in her decision that the pair would not have sex until they were married, according to the Christian Post