Fans are shaking their heads after Mariah Carey delivered the centerpiece performance tonight during VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors,” a recreation of her iconic 1997 hit video “Honey.” You can watch a sample of the performance above, or the entire thing here.
Featuring several guest performers including Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat, it should have been the stand-out moment of the whole show. And it was, but not for the reasons every probably hoped — instead, it ended up being a repeat of Mariah’s now-infamous New Year’s Eve 2016 performance.
From the obvious use of a backing track as Mariah sang, to her largely stationary performance, accentuated by the energetic guests and several backup dancers, Twitter was largely side-eying the whole thing.
— Tamarya Stone (@TamaryaStone) September 19, 2017
Mariah Carey? More like Mariah Carry amirite #HipHopHonors
— ✖Liz✖ (@eliz_beth99) September 19, 2017
— LENA (@_sdm24) September 19, 2017
Cardboard move more than Mariah Carey. #hiphophonors
— E. Money (@eb_so_major) September 19, 2017
They be moving Mariah Carey around the stage like a piece of furniture.
— Ethan Krane (@theEthanKrane) September 19, 2017
Mariah Carey is me. Doing the bare minimum when it matters and the most when I don't have to. Hello. It me.
— vern (@DopeChubbyChick) September 19, 2017
— Don't @ Me (@DontYouAtMe) September 19, 2017
— Gregory J-B (@mistergjb) September 19, 2017
Luckily, not everyone was down on Mariah for her unusual performance. Many noted that she’s a singer, not a dancer, and others noted in particular that she’s going to be laughing all the way to the bank.
— Shady Like Mariah (@queenofshadeMC) September 19, 2017
— IG:@leeashtonbuckton (@LeeBuckton) September 19, 2017
Mariah Carey "stood there" and collected almost a million dollar check
You're putting all of this energy in bashing her for free pic.twitter.com/ABY8OxqTzz
— Leya (@Leyaranae) September 19, 2017