On New Year’s Eve, Mariah Carey treated America with possibly the worst live performance of 2016. Due to a technical difficulty, the pop diva skipped signing an entire song and then awkwardly lip-synced another. At one point, she lowered her microphone but her vocals continued.
To be honest, it was a fitting end to a train-wreck of a year.
However, the pop diva’s team is now blaming TV executives for sabotaging the performance for ratings.
According to sources, before the terrible performance, the “All I Want For Christmas Is You” singer repeatedly told producers and stage managers at Dick Clark Productions that her “inner ears” — the concealed earpieces that relay the audience's sound back to her — weren’t working.
She was allegedly ensured they would work once she is on the stage on a different frequency, but everything went haywire when the show started.
The team further added that everything was running smoothly during the practice sessions that took place earlier that day.
However, the pop diva’s meltdown on "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest" was evident from the beginning, and even if her earpiece was not working, she could have saved her shaky performance.
But what the viewers saw was Carey visibly throwing a major fit, not bothering to put in any effort to save herself from the disaster on stage.
"We can't hear," she said, as the music from her 1991 hit song "Emotions" began to play. "It is what it is. Let the audience sing, OK?"
She kept complaining, "I want a holiday, too. Can I not have one? I'm trying to be a good sport here.”
In the next song, Carey was so frustrated she dropped the microphone, revealing to a huge audience, that she wasn’t actually performing live.
"Bring the feathers, it just don't get any better," an irritated Carey said before marching away after a miserable lip-syncing fail.
Meanwhile Dick Clark Productions denies the claims, saying they were “silly, seeing how she's the one who decided not to do a sound check, and had a stand-in do it instead.”
They also said that there were eight monitors on stage amplifying sound, so even without an inner ear Carey should have been able to hear just fine.
“To suggest that 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,” a representative said in a statement.
Even if some of the equipment wasn’t really working, it really doesn’t suit a professional performer to throw a major fit and upset the viewers — that’s what amateurs do.
Better luck next year, Mariah.
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