When word got out that Mariah Carey would be performing at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles, the event quickly became a sellout.
The crowd of 1,200 had to wait until the very end of a long, star-studded evening, before the Grammy winner was introduced by Empire star Jussie Smollett.
'I don't know how to explain how much I love this woman ... she is one of the greatest vocalists of all time,' said Smollett who came out publicly as a gay man earlier this month.
'I'm about to pee myself,' he admitted. 'She's right there.'