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Mariah Carey Ends 2016 With New Year’s Eve Live Performance Disaster (Video)

”I’m trying to be a good sport here,“ singer tells Times Square

Perhaps no one is more ready for 2017 than Mariah Carey.

The pop music diva didn’t exactly shine Saturday night during her final 2016 live TV performance. On ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” the headliner suffered an audio equipment malfunction, which resulted in one of the more awkward television moments of a year many would like to forget.

Apparently, the singer could not hear herself — or possibly anything — in the on-stage monitors. The rest of the world could sure hear the music and backing track for her hit single, “Emotions,” however — including all those pre-recorded high notes.

While Carey’s back-up dancers kept doing their thing, the vocalist pretty much walked around the stage, repeatedly asking a technician to turn her speakers on. At one point she told the crowd, “I’m trying to be a good sport here.”

The 46-year-old invited those in midtown Manhattan to do the singing for her, concluding, “This was … amazing.”

Watch the disaster unfold:

Carey later tweeted, “S— happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”

If we look at the performance in purely existential terms, it may serve as an appropriate send-off to a year that ended on quite a few low notes. Or, in this case, low notes that were then spoken over in frustration until the bitter end. Here’s the grand finale:


When reached by TheWrapDick Clark Productions declined to comment on the performance. We also contacted Ryan Seacrest Productions and ABC, but did not immediately hear back from those requests.