Mariah Carey Team Swears Botched New Year's Eve Performance Was Deliberately Sabotaged, TV Execs Call Her Claims 'Absurd'

Patricia Ramirez

Mariah Carey suffered through what can only be labeled a disastrous performance at the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest event. Things got so bad that the 90's pop diva appeared to exit the stage in anger after obviously (and badly) lip-syncing two of her most iconic tunes;"Emotions" and "We Belong Together." Mid-song, a clearly flustered Mariah Carey said of "Emotions" that we're missing some of these vocals, but it is what it is." In an attempt to save face, Carey then pointed the mic to the audience in an attempt to let the crowd fill in the gaps.

"...we're missing some of these vocals, but it is what it is."

Things didn't get any better for the 46-year-old singer. Looking a bit dazed and confused, Mariah muddled through the remainder of the song (a chart-topper fans imagined she'd be able to sing flawlessly in her sleep), halfheartedly interacting with her backup dancers and just generally looking like she wanted the stage to swallow her whole.

Decked out first in a sequined nude bodysuit and then in head-to-toe nude sheer shimmer, Mariah Carey attempted to redeem herself by launching into "We Belong Together." The results were less than stellar. While the New Year's Eve crowd was enthusiastic and singing along to the obviously prerecorded vocals, Mariah Carey still couldn't get it together.

"I'm trying to be a good sport here. That was... amazing."

"It just don't get any better."

"Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances."
"She was not winging this moment and took it very seriously. A shame that production set her up to fail."

As for Mariah Carey herself, she took her written complaint straight to social media, which was actively ripping her to shreds at the time. Decked out in emojis, the Mariah tweet indicated that she was taking her humiliation in stride and trying to look on the bright side.

"S**t happens. Here's to making more headlines in 2017."

"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 (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."

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