"#Beautiful (feat. Miguel)"

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Sexy, soulful track has some bleeped-out profanity.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Sweet and playful lyrics confess that appearance is important, but also that "your mind is f--king beautiful."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mariah and Miguel keep it mostly clean, although they do like it when "you run red lights."

Violence
Sex

The lyrics are definitively lustful, including references to tight jeans, feeling "undressable," and an "ass like that," but that's as graphic as it gets. The music video is somewhat tasteful, but features plenty of footage of Mariah's gyrating body in skimpy outfits.

Language

A few curse words, which include "f--king" and "ass," are bleeped out on the radio-friendly version.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Motown-esque pop gem is mostly teen- and radio-friendly, though its chorus contains several censored uses of the word "f--king" (much like  Cee-Lo Green's "F**k You" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop"). The lyrics are definitively lustful, including references to tight jeans, feeling "undressable," and an "ass like that." The music video features plenty of footage of Mariah's gyrating body in skimpy outfits.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bylorak8 June 12, 2013

Hidden meaning

The songwriter said in an interview that the reason for the hashtag at the beginning of the song title is to replace the f-word. I'm tired of all the profa... Continue reading
Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 21, 2014

Actually, Common Sense Media...

It's beautiful...Oh no, it's really beautiful...
Teen, 15 years old Written bytelelah June 6, 2013

I LOVEEE MARIAH CAREY !!

OMG I LOVE MARIAH CAREY !! im 15 and i know all her songs and lyrics !! i love her because she is a positive role model in todays soceity her music isnt sexual... Continue reading

What's the story?

Perennial pop powerhouse Mariah Carey returns with the first single from her 13th studio album. It's the 30th charting song of her prolific career and features rising star Miguel. The song is about being attracted to someone.

Is it any good?

"#BEAUTIFUL" has a retro feel to it, harkening back to Motown and early soul music. Mariah and Miguel sound fantastic in this duet, neither overshadowing the other, both shining bright through crisp production. The lyrics are catchy and relatable, the vibe is cute and fun -- what's not to like (besides those pesky bleeped-out f-bombs, that is)?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about profanity in music. How do you feel about the growing acceptance of explicit language in mainstream music? Is it necessarily a bad thing?

  • Why do you think Mariah Carey has been able to sustain such success for over two decades? How does she stay relevant in an ever-changing musical landscape?

  • Why would an established star like Mariah Carey collaborate with Miguel, an artist who is still on the way up?

Music details

For kids who love soulful vocalists

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