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In case you missed it: What's going on with Mariah Carey and her botched New Year's Eve performance? (w/ video)

Mariah Carey performs in New York's Times Square on Saturday.

Associated Press

Mariah Carey performs in New York's Times Square on Saturday.



If you weren't watching ABC's New Year's Rockin' Eve just before midnight on Saturday, you may have missed what has become Mariah Carey's most-talked-about performance in years: a live-TV technical disaster that left the star essentially stranded on a Times Square stage, bantering with the crowd for several, cringe-worthy minutes, while she was supposed to be performing her 1991 hit Emotions.

Here's a video of the perfomance, which begins with Carey perfoming an apparently lip synced Auld Lang Syne before the musical track for Emotions begins at 1:07. 

"Well, happy New Year! We can't hear, but I'll just get through the moment," Carey said at the start of her song. “We didn't have a (sound) check for this song... we're missing some of the vocals, but it is what it is. I'm just going to let the audience sing."

She appeared to be having trouble with an earpiece and the monitors, which allow an artist to hear the music, and their own voice, during a live performance in a loud area.  As the music continued to play, along with some of Carey's vocals, she momentarily sang along, but ended up mostly just walking the stage and peforming a few dance moves. 

"I want a holiday too, can't I just have one," Carey also said. Once the song ended, she sarcastically added, "that was ... amazing."

She went on to peform one more song, We Belong Together, which included recorded vocals that Carey tried to sing along to, but it was obvious she was out of sync. 

Twitter was not kind, with many tweets echoing these:


The next morning, Carey tried to shrug off the fiasco with a tweet of her own.

Later on New Year's Day, a spokeswoman for Carey told Billboard that the production company was to blame and that Carey had rehearsed the performance earlier in the day without any problems. 

“She was not ‘winging’ this moment and took it very seriously,” BWR-PR's Nicole Perna said. “A shame that production set her up to fail.”

Carey's reps also said that the singer told crew members her ear piece wasn't working, but the producers told her it would work fine once she got on stage. 

“However, that was not the case and they were again told that her ear piece was not working. Instead of endeavoring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live ... Any allegations that she planned to lip sync are just adding insult to injury.”

“Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances,” Perna told The Associated Press.

Dick Clark Productions, the company behind the broadcast, disputed any such claim, and addressed rumors that the performance was somehow sabotaged, with its own statement released on Sunday:

“As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists,” it said. “To suggest that dcp (Dick Clark Productions), as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”

Carey is set to perform in Tampa with Lionel Richie on May 26.

[Last modified: Monday, January 2, 2017 12:22pm]


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