WATCH: Mariah Carey stops by Library of Congress, receives recognition for hit Christmas song

This time of year, Mariah Carey’s voice is heard nationwide in shopping malls, at parties and anywhere else Christmas music is played. Her hit holiday song, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” is so popular that it was added to the National Recording Registry earlier this year. And Thursday night, the singer visited the Library of Congress and was honored for that achievement.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden presented Carey a certificate commemorating her song’s induction. While Carey was there, the library said she checked out the Christmas tree and holiday decorations, as well as library collections and copyright items related to her career.

Even though Carey released “All I Want for Christmas is You” in 1994, the carol still dominates holiday music like nothing else. The Christmas colossus has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart the past four years in a row, according to The Associated Press.

Photos from Carey’s visit to the Library of Congress and the annual Library of Congress Holiday Celebration are below:

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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