Mariah Carey has finally addressed her malfunctioned New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square, saying organizers “foiled” her and that “it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me.”
“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 said in an audio recording shared on Twitter Sunday. “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.”
She continued, “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.”
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For the time being, Carey pledged to “take a break from media moments, social media moments” although she will continue to “fulfill my professional obligations.”
“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,” she concluded. “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.”
Carey suffered a particularly awkward audio malfunction on ABC’s “Dick Clark‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” The pop singer never actually did any singing that evening, when she instead just battled non-functioning earpieces live and on-stage.
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Since then, Carey and the annual special’s Dick Clark Productions have been pointing fingers and hurling insults at one-another about what exactly happened. The songstress claimed sabotage in favor of a viral moment and TV ratings, while the show producers said in statement, “… 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.”
Dick Clark Productions had no comment when TheWrap reached out regarding Carey’s latest statement.
Listen to her recording below.