While Carey favored her more soulful and powerful songs, it was decided that her most popular content would be included.
Days before the show's taping, Carey and Afanasieff thought of adding a cover version of an older song, in order to provide something different and unexpected.
Following a contentious divorce from Sony Music head Tommy Mottola, Carey adopted a new image and traversed towards hip hop with the release of Butterfly (1997).
In 1998, she was honored as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards and subsequently named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000.
According to the RIAA, she is the third-best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 million certified albums.