Though she posted a quick reaction on social media about her failed performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” Mariah Carey is now answering questions about what happened and how she feels about it.
Carey’s team has said that the singer’s in-ears, the equipment allowing her to hear the song she’s singing, were faulty and that she couldn’t hear amid the chaos of Times Square in New York. She spent more time talking during the performance than actually singing.
Her manager put blame squarely on Dick Clark Productions, which produces the New Year’s Eve special and is hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Carey made her own jab at the production company while mentioning Dick Clark, the longtime host of the New Year’s Eve special who died in 2012.
“All I can say is Dick Clark was an incredible person and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business,” Carey told EW. “I’m of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time.”
She added that the mishap would not prevent her from doing live events in the future but said “it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team.”
The botched performance quickly went viral online, with both critics and fans coming out in droves to pick apart what happened. Her team has denied rumors that Carey was supposed to be lip-syncing.
“My true fans have been so supportive and I am so appreciative of them and everybody in the media that came out to support me after the fact because it really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year’s Eve,” Carey said.