Earlier this year, Mariah Carey’s legal team filed a trademark request for the phrase Queen of Christmas that was both expansive and not limited to products typically associated with the holiday .
Here are some of the dozens of goods and services covered in the filing:
- Dog clothing, collars, and leashes
- Face masks
- Milk and “beverages having a milk base,“ plus oat milk, rice milk, nut milk, and other non-dairy alternatives
- Lingerie, T-shirts, sweatshirts, headwear, “one-piece garments for children,“ and other clothing
- Perfume, lotion, make-up, nail polish, and other beauty and cosmetic products
- Jewelry and jewelry boxes
- Cups, mugs, corkscrews, and cocktail shakers
- Beer, wine, liqueurs, and other alcoholic beverages
- Carbonated and non-carbonated drinks, “water beverages,“ fruit juices, and other non-alcoholic drinks
- Eyeglasses, sunglasses, and glasses cases
- Christmas tree decorations
- Posters, children’s stories, and Christmas-themed books
- Musical recordings, performances, programs, and more
In short, the “ All I Want for Christmas Is You ” singer appears to be preparing to lean into—and profit from—the nickname with an enthusiasm at odds with some of her past remarks. During a 2021 appearance on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show , for example, Carey said it was “other people” who christened her the queen of Christmas. “[I] just want to humbly say that I don’t consider myself that,” she said.
As Variety reports , Carey’s history of rejecting the title is one of the arguments that Elizabeth Chan’s attorney made in a recent declaration of opposition submitted to the trademark appeals board. Chan, who exclusively writes and sings Christmas music , has also been called the “queen of Christmas” in the media for years—most notably in a 2018 New Yorker profile titled “ The Queen of Christmas .” She’s been far less ambivalent about wearing the crown. “Official Site of The Queen of Christmas,” her website says ; and her latest album is titled The Queen of Christmas .
But Chan isn’t trying to knock down Carey’s trademark request to monopolize the moniker herself. “If you knit a ‘queen of Christmas’ sweater, you should be able to sell it on Etsy to somebody else so they can buy it for their grandma,” she told Variety .
Another queen of Christmas has expressed frustration with Carey’s motion, too: Darlene Love, who performed her signature “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for nearly 30 holiday seasons on David Letterman’s late-night show.
“David Letterman officially declared me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before [Carey] released ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and at 81 years of age I’m NOT changing anything,” Love wrote in a Facebook post .
Whether Carey will abandon pursuit of the trademark remains to be seen. It’s not the first time her holiday legacy has rankled other artists ( and bar owners ); she was also recently sued for copyright infringement by singers of another song called “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
[h/t Variety ]