Mariah Carey’s performance on Saturday night during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest hit a snafu when a vocal track malfunctioned and messed up the singer’s lip syncing onstage.
The technical hitch occurred when she was performing her hit song, “Emotions”.
A visibly frustrated Carey even said “I’m trying to be a good sport here” and later resorted to letting the audience sing.
Her follow-up performance of “We Belong Together” ended in similar fashion. In a humiliating scene of Carey pacing around while refusing to lip-sync.
And now, for the grand finale, 2016 is taking out Mariah Carey live on stage pic.twitter.com/kfBJxXjepB
— The Ostrich (@ALostrich) January 1, 2017
According to a source, the singer has endured a tight and difficult rehearsal schedule earlier in the night and was unable to hear through her in-ear monitor for most of her set. However, a production source told Billboard that Carey “had ample time to rehearse and chose not to”, instead bringing in a body double to do her sound check for her.
Many onlookers felt the technical hitch shows she intended to lip-sync the performance.
Even Milli Vanilli is embarrassed by Mariah Carey's debacle. pic.twitter.com/8179cHu7jA
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) January 1, 2017
After the show, Carey tweeted about the show jokingly writing: “Shit happens. … Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”
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
As if the troubled performance and hilarious diss tweets online were not enough, the drama continued.
Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, issued a statement to Billboard claiming sabotage.
Here’s what she said:
“We told them [the stage managers] that the in-ears were not working 10 minutes before the performance,” Bulochnikov says. “They then changed the battery pack, and they were still not working on the frequency four minutes before the show. We let them know again, and they just kept counting her down and reassuring her that they will work as soon as they go live, which never happened — at which point she pulled them out but could not hear the music over the crowd.”
She continues: “After the show, I called [Dick Clark Productions’] Mark Shimmel and I said, ‘What the f— happened?’ He said, ‘Let me call you back,’ then called me back and confirmed the in-ears were not working and asked if I would make a joint statement. I said, ‘No way.’ I asked him to cut the West Coast feed. He said he could not do that. I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches unless they just want eyeballs at any expense … It’s not artist-friendly, especially when the artist cut her vacation short as a New Year’s Eve gift to them.” Read more…
BWR-PR’s Nicole Perna, a rep for Carey, has previously told Billboard that the “production set her up to fail.”
Dick Clark Productions didn’t stay quiet. They also provided a statement Sunday evening, refuting the allegations from Carey’s camp:
“As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that dcp, 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. In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that dcp had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry.” Read more…