Listen to Mariah Carey Blame NYE Production Team for Botched Performance
One week after her lip-syncing mishap on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, Mariah Carey is speaking out about the botched performance.
In an audio recording released on Twitter Sunday (Jan. 8), the pop diva gave her side of the story about what happened during the flubbed three-song performance on New Year’s Eve.
“I haven’t really addressed the situation that happened on New Year’s Eve, and in time I will. But for now, I want everyone to know that I came to New Year’s Eve in New York in great spirits and was looking forward to a celebratory moment with the world,” Carey says in the recording. “It’s a shame that we were put into the hands of a production team with technical issues who chose to capitalize on circumstances beyond our control.”
Carey made global headlines with her headlining set which, leading up to midnight, went careening downhill as she got to “Emotions" and “We Belong Together." With the singer apparently unable to hear through her in-ear monitor, she removed it completely. Then, unable to follow the backing track over the noise of the crowd, Carey eventually abandoned singing and lip-syncing all-together as she became frustrated.
“It’s not practical for a singer to sing live and be able to hear themselves properly in the middle of Times Square with all the noise, the freezing cold, the smoke from the smoke machines, and thousands of people celebrating, especially when their ear monitors are not working properly,” she says in the audio recording.
Carey goes on to accuse the production company of sabotaging her performance. “Listen guys, they foiled me, thus it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me and all those who were excited to ring in the New Year with me. Eventually, I will explain this in greater detail than I can give here,” she says.
Carey ended the message by thanking her fans and saying she will be taking a break from the spotlight.
“I’m going to take a break from media moments, social media moments,” the singer says. “Although I’m going to fulfill my professional obligations. This is an important time for me to finally take a moment for myself and to be with my loved ones and prepare for my upcoming tour in March. I just want to thank everyone for their support, thank you to all my industry friends and thank you to my Lambs, you’re always there for me. I can’t imagine life without you and you’ll always be a part of me. I can’t wait to sing for you again.”