Mariah Carey’s Blaming Technical Difficulties For Disastrous New Year’s Eve Performance
Minutes before the ball dropped in Times Square, bringing an end to 2016, pop superstar Mariah Carey gave what can kindly be described as a disastrous musical performance.
After being introduced by Ryan Seacrest for ABC’s Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, Carey first delivered a pitch-perfect rendition of the New Year’s Eve staple ‘Auld Lang Syne.’ Following that largely flawless number, the song ‘Emotions’ began playing, complete with Carey’s vocals. Only one problem…she wasn’t singing them.
The singer ended up just awkwardly standing on the stage for a bit, attempting to sing along with the vocal track at times before adding her own commentary about what was going on. She also urged the crowd to sing along while she half-heartedly interacted with the background dancers, ending the song by sarcastically saying “that was…amazing!”
The problems continued with the next scheduled song, ‘We Belong Together.’ At various times, as the vocals played, she lowered her microphone and stopped moving her lips, making it obvious that she was lip-synching this song as well.
Shortly after the performance, Carey took to Twitter to explain that stuff happens and she looks forward to making more headlines in the new year.
Shit happens ? Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!? Here's to making more headlines in 2017 ? pic.twitter.com/0Td8se57jr
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 1, 2017
On Sunday, a rep for Carey blamed the fiasco on technical difficulties.
“Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances,” Carey spokeswoman Nicole Perna said Sunday.
A representative for Dick Clark productions did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
As one would expect, Carey’s debacle got a ton of reaction on Twitter. Here’s some of the best tweets.
— Liz Muller (@mlizmuller) January 1, 2017
#MariahCarey doing a Second City improv workshop on live TV is giving me life right now.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 1, 2017
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) January 1, 2017
Mariah Carey's backup dancers deserve Oscars for their performance of having to act like nothing was wrong #MariahCarey
— Jessica Winters (@thisisjessicaw) January 1, 2017
Mariah Carey is killing it. I mean like she's literally stabbing the New Year's Eve celebration in the neck & letting it bleed #MariahCarey
— Austin Grube (@AustinMckG) January 1, 2017
— Jack Cappellucci (@HeyItsJackCapp) January 1, 2017
Watch video of Carey’s performance above, via ABC.
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