Mariah Carey’s nightmarish performance during the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on December 31 will go down in history as one of the worst live performances ever. Watch the lip sync fail full video here!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or are still recovering from your New Year’s Eve hangover, you’ve definitely heard about Mariah Carey’s botched New Year’s Eve 2017 performance in Times Square by now. The five-time Grammy Award winner stood practically mute in front of thousands of screaming fans, as technical malfunctions rendered her speechless during her hit song “Emotions.” The 46-year-old singer tried her best to take the trainwreck performance in stride, and brushed off the unfortunate incident on social media. However, it has been alleged that Carey was livid after the lip-sync snafu and believes that her highly-anticipated concert was sabotaged so that the show’s producers “could get Mariah drama.” Keep reading to get all the juicy updates on Mariah Carey’s lip sync fail and watch Mariah Carey’s disastrous New Year’s Eve performance that has gone viral on YouTube.
Mariah Carey Caught Lip-Syncing During New Year’s Eve Performance
Holiday revelers in New York definitely got more than they bargained for when they were treated to a botched performance by music legend Mariah Carey. “Emotions” were surely running high after the audience in Times Square was left confused and disappointed after the diva’s much-touted performance. The whole thing started innocently enough when the pop star sang “Auld Lang Syne,” as part of her concert during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.
After the song ended and the throngs of excited fans geared up to watch Mariah Carey in all her singing glory, trouble truly began. Carey’s hit 1990s single “Emotion” started playing, and suddenly the “songbird supreme” seemed out of place. As she struggled to find the notes, Carey began singing, “Got me feeling…” but gave up and stopped, right before telling her back up dancers to “just walk me down” the stairs.
Meanwhile, the track continued to play, and the visibly annoyed Carey awkwardly strutted up and down the stage for five minutes. She attempted to give a feeble explanation to the audience saying, “We can’t hear, we didn’t have a check for this song, so we’ll just sing. It went to number one. We’re missing some of the vocals, but it is what it is.”
Carey’s mood seemed to range from frustration to resignation as she half-halfheartedly sang her song “We Belong Together.” It became apparent to viewers that she was lip-syncing as she lowered her microphone, but the song continued playing in the background. As she paced the stage looking uncomfortable, the singer stated, “Let the audience sing. I’m trying to be a good sport here. That was… amazing.” She ended her performance with “It just don’t get any better,” and walked off the stage. Well, she may have lost her words, but at least she’s kept her sarcastic sense of humor intact!
She Brushed off the Musical Mishap on Social Media
Naturally, Mariah Carey’s team worked overtime to do damage control after the Internet exploded with memes following her nightmarish New Year’s Eve performance. The living legend became the butt of some unpleasant, albeit amusing, jokes on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, once partygoers uploaded videos of Mariah Carey’s lip sync fail. Carey tried to be a sport about the unfortunate incident and took to social media to Tweet, “Sh*t happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody. Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.” The post was targeted at her 17 million Twitter followers, and was accompanied by a gif of herself and several emojis.
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
Mariah Carey’s Team Writes Written Complaint
Following the debacle, Carey’s spokesperson Nicole Perna stated, “Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances.” She went on to add, “She was not ‘winging’ this moment and took it very seriously. A shame that production set her up to fail.” Carey’s team of representatives has cited production issues and technical difficulties with the singer’s earpiece. They released a statement in a written complaint to Dick Clark Productions, which claimed that there were “no sound issues,” but Carey had repeatedly alerted the stage managers and producers about her faulty earpiece before taking the stage on Saturday night.
The statement addressing the New Year’s Eve fiasco read, “They told her it would be fine once she was on stage. However, that was not the case, and they were again told that her earpiece was not working. Instead of endeavoring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live.” Dick Clark Productions has rebutted that Carey’s performance issues had nothing to do with production, and refuted allegations of intentional sabotage calling them, “defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”
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