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Mariah Carey returns to stage since giving birth

Singer Mariah Carey performs at Caesars Entertainment "Escape to Total Rewards" kick-off at Gotham Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)Singer Mariah Carey performs at Caesars Entertainment "Escape to Total Rewards" kick-off at Gotham Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey made her return to the stage since giving birth to twins in diva-like form: She changed her shoes after singing two songs and touched up her hair and makeup in a sleek, sleeveless black dress, all in front of an eager audience.

Singer Mariah Carey performs at Caesars Entertainment "Escape to Total Rewards" kick-off at Gotham Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)Singer Mariah Carey performs at Caesars Entertainment "Escape to Total Rewards" kick-off at Gotham Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Carey, who gave birth to fraternal twins via C-section in April, performed for a few hundred fans Thursday night at New York's Gotham Hall.

Of her return she said: "I didn't realize this was a big deal."

Singer Mariah Carey performs at Caesars Entertainment "Escape to Total Rewards" kick-off at Gotham Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)Singer Mariah Carey performs at Caesars Entertainment "Escape to Total Rewards" kick-off at Gotham Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

The Grammy winner sang a number of her hits during the short performance, from "Hero" to "We Belong Together" to the Jackson 5 cover "I'll Be There."

The concert was one of four shows Thursday dubbed "Plot Your Escape: Four Concerts. Countless Celebrities. 1 Epic Night," by Caesars Entertainment. Diddy was Carey's opening act in New York, while Lil Wayne and Cee Lo performed in Los Angeles, Maroon 5 and Sara Bareilles in Chicago, and Mary J. Blige and Gavin DeGraw in New Orleans. The concerts were part of Caesars Entertainment's rewards program.

Lil Wayne takes off his shirt during his performance at the Caesars Entertainment "Escape To Total Rewards" concert in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 1, 2012. Simultaneous concert events were held in New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)Lil Wayne takes off his shirt during his performance at the Caesars Entertainment "Escape To Total Rewards" concert in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 1, 2012. Simultaneous concert events were held in New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The shows happened simultaneously and were streamed online.

"We can't do anything without it being documented," Carey told the audience. "Doesn't it freak you out at all?"

Carey said if her son Moroccan was onstage, he would probably beat-box, and that her daughter Monroe would be a diva.

The multiplatinum performer thanked her fans for being there and joked: "Catch me at my real show next time."

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Mesfin Fekadu covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow him at http://www.twitter.com/musicmesfin