The singer-turned-actress, who earned the breakthrough actress award for her social worker role in Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, says she was having "splashes of champagne" with Lee Daniels, close friend and Precious director, prior to taking the stage.
"We'd been sitting there, celebrating this whole time and having little splashes, and I hadn't eaten," the diva says, adding they didn't want to be late and rushed in to the event.
During her speech, Carey told the audience, "Please forgive me because I'm a little bit um, yeah," leading some to wonder whether she was drunk – or just nervous.
It was apparently the former, and Carey says Daniels, who presented her the award, was to blame. "The thing is, me and Lee hadn't seen each other in a while," she explains. "I love Lee, but he's a bad influence!"
Carey also offers a few words to anyone wagging fingers: "If people don't understand me and they just think I'm this girl that stands by a microphone and sings "Hero" then they're definitely not gonna get me," she says. "But if people knew me they'd understand and have a sense of humor. And basically that's what gets me through life."