UPDATE // JANAUARY 3:
It's the story that keeps on giving.
It appears Jennifer Lopez, the target of Mariah Carey's infamous "I don't know her" comment and since immortalized as Internet gold, "liked" a shady Instagram comment slamming Mimi, which read:
“Ever seen an accident you couldn’t take your eyes away from? That was her tonight!”
And if you don't know the entire lengthy backstory by now, 2017 will be an uphill battle for you.
Jennifer Lopez goes off on Mariah 👀 pic.twitter.com/zYNEWbmQ2d
— Music News & Feed (@Musicnews_feed) January 1, 2017
UPDATE // JANUARY 2:
Mariah Carey's spokeswoman Nicole Perna told Billboard the producers “set her up to fail,” but Dick Clark Productions is denying such claims.
Carey blames the technical issues on the company, which apparently barred her from hearing the music and gave up on her three-song set.
“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, 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,” a statement from DCP said.
“In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that (Dick Clark Productions) had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance. We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry.”
UPDATE // JANUARY 1:
A representative for Mariah has defended the star, saying she was "set up to fail". Speaking exclusively to Billboard, rep Nicole Perna stated:
"She was not ‘winging’ this moment and took it very seriously. A shame that production set her up to fail. They told her it would be fine once she was on stage. However, that was not the case and they were again told that her ear piece was not working. Instead of endeavoring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live. Any allegations that she planned to lip sync are just adding insult to injury.”
The rep also described Mariah as "flying blind” while she tried to perform despite the technical goofs, adding:
“it is not uncommon for artists to sing to track during certain live performances. Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances”.
On the opposing side, the audio producer responsible for the performance - Robert Goldstein - told the NY Times nothing was technically wrong:
Every monitor and in-ear device worked perfectly. I can’t comment beyond that and don’t know what her nontechnical issue may have been.”
EARLIER // DECEMBER 31:
The blame game begins as Mariah Carey's disastrous NYE performance perplexes the internet.
"Sh*t happens" was Mariah Carey's tweeted reaction to her disastrous New Years Eve performance in New York's Times Square last night, which is currently going viral on the internet.
Contrary to reports of lip syncing and meltdowns, Mariah appeared to realise, just as her performance began, that the wrong song was playing, and was unable to hear any of the music. Yikes. She can be heard saying "someone get these monitors on" and desperately looking around for help.
The technical mishap led to Carey ad-libbing some undoubtedly soon to be iconic quotes such as "Well this song went to #1 so that's what it is" and "I'll just go through the motions", before letting the audience sing for her.
Mariah Carey's disgusted sign off after her disastrous performance is basically us to 2016 https://t.co/NPbuH53UDu
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 1, 2017
Mariah shook it off as only she can, tweeting a salty shrugging gif and some warm new year wishes:
Shit happens 😩 Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!🎉 Here's to making more headlines in 2017 😂 pic.twitter.com/0Td8se57jr
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 1, 2017