Mariah Carey's Sloshy Awards Show Speech Turns Heads

Celebrity News Jan. 6, 2010 AT 11:19AM
Mariah Carey's Sloshy Awards Show Speech Turns Heads Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Mariah Carey had attendees at Tuesday night's Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala scratching their heads.

After she was escorted on stage, she greeted her presenter and Precious director Lee Daniels at the podium with a little dance and a big hug.

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She then busted out in laughter as she staggered to form a sentence while accepting the Breakthrough Actress award for her performance in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

"Please forgive me because I'm a little bit um, yeah!" she said between fits of laughter. (Watch a video of Carey here.)

"Oooooooh, my goodness!" she then added.

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As she praised the director's speech, she kept bursting into applause. "Sorry," she told Daniels. "Sometimes I get a little ..." she then paused to snap her fingers, adding "... you know, difficult."

Then she giggled again.

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Before leaving the stage, Carey thanked the audience "for listening to my little spiel, and God bless you."

Backstage, USA Today reports, the diva kept photographers waiting, and would only be photographed on her right side.

Jason Reitman, director of Up In the Air, couldn't help but poke fun at Carey's on-stage giddiness. "I think it feels just as good as Mariah Carey feels right now," he joked. "I should really leave now. I don't think it gets better than that."

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In 2001, Carey had fans scratching their heads after she performed an impromptu striptease on MTV's TRL. Host Carson Daly quipped, "I'm still shell-shocked." A short time later, she checked herself into the hospital for medical and psychiatric care.

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