Mariah Carey To Receive Prestigious Award Of Achievement

Not only will pop diva Mariah Carey open next week's American Music Awards, she will also be honored with the Award of Achievement, which has only been presented twice before in the show's 27-year history.

Carey will open Monday night's telecast with a performance of "Thank God I Found You," then return later in the evening to receive the special award, which has previously only been given to Michael Jackson and Prince.

The Award of Achievement is being given to Carey because she was the only music artist to earn a number one single in every year of the '90s. "Heartbreaker," the lead single off her newest album, "Rainbow," reached the top of the charts last September (see "Mariah's 'Heartbreaker' Is A Record Breaker").

This year's American Music Awards, which will also include performances from Christina Aguilera, Creed, 'N SYNC, Beck, and Dr. Dre with Eminem, among others, is scheduled to air on ABC on January

17.