Over the years, Mariah has been an avid supporter of VH1’s Save The Music Foundation: a campaign to restore music education in schools and to raise awareness of the importance of music as part of every child’s education. Since its inception in 1997, the Save The Music Foundation has provided $48 million in new musical instruments to 1,800 schools in more than 100 cities around the country.
In 1998, Mariah performed in the first-ever VH1 Divas Live, a benefit concert for the Save the Music Foundation. Also featuring Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain, Carole King, and Aretha Franklin, the program was hugely successful and has since been released to DVD and CD, with proceeds benefiting the Save The Music Foundation. You can purchase the DVD from Amazon.
In 2000, Mariah appeared on VH1 Divas: A Tribute To Diana Ross. Opening the show with a never-before performed medley of “Heartbreaker” and Ross’ “Love Hangover,” she also performed “Can’t Take That Away” and a medley of “Baby Love” and “Stop! In The Name Of Love” with Diana Ross.
Mariah returned to the VH1 stage in 2005 for Save The Music. The show was filmed during the same time Mariah was launching The Emancipation of Mimi and because of her busy schedule, she had to film her segments separately from the rest of the show. From New York’s Beacon Theatre, Mariah performed for a very enthusiastic crowd of fans. Her performance of “It’s Like That” opened the final telecast, which also featured performances from Josh Groban, Rob Thomas and Alicia Keys. She also performed with John Legend on a cover of the 1979 Billy Preston and Syreeta duet “With You I’m Born Again.” Her duet of “I’ll Be There” with Trey Lorenz closed the show. Download video files below: