Vision of Love was released on May 15, 1990 and served as Carey’s debut single from her self-titled debut album. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 73 and eventually topped the chart during the week of August 4, 1990 and spent four consecutive weeks at #1. It was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales and shipments of over 500,000 in the US. It was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1991: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal performance, winning the latter. It has been credited with popularizing the use of melisma in modern pop music and for inspiring several artists to pursue a career in music.