Mariah Carey Clashes With Dick Clark Productions Over New Years Eve Meltdown
Mariah Carey‘s New Years Eve performance in Times Square is one to remember, but definitely for all the wrong reasons.
The world watched on as the singer’s shocking performance saw her completely fail to sing, badly mime over the pre-recorded tracks and awkwardly mumble telling the thousands of fans in the crowd ‘I wanted a holiday too’.
But the drama didn’t end when Carey walked off stage – her team have since accused Dick Clark Productions of sabotaging the show in order to create ‘Mariah drama’.
Representatives of the diva pop star claimed the singer’s ear piece and microphone were deliberately tampered with before she went on stage, ignoring claims from Mariah herself that she couldn’t hear just minutes before she went on stage.
But the American production company aren’t brushing off Mariah’s accusations, calling them ‘absurd’.
Nicole Perna revealed in an interview with Billboard that ‘[Mariah] was not winging this moment and took it very seriously… a shame that production set her up to fail’.
After telling the production team her ear piece wasn’t working just moments before she was due to perform, Mariah was told it would all be sorted by the time she got on stage, but the issue wasn’t solved and Carey was left to go on stage completely unable to hear the music.
Dick Clark Productions have hit back at Mariah and her team’s allegations with this statement:
As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists,” it said. “To suggest that dcp (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.
They’ve also claimed that after investigating the situation, they found they had nothing to do with the issues in Mariah’s performance. They did go on to say they have the ‘upmost respect’ for Carey, but it seems the All I Want For Christmas Is You singer isn’t going to back down anytime soon.
Adding fuel to the fire, an anonymous worker for the production of the show claimed that Carey was the only artist that day who failed to rehearse, using a stand-in for her rehearsal spot.
Mariah’s meltdown in the middle of NYC’s Times Square saw her pacing the stage, telling the audience ‘we’re missing some of the vocals, but it is what it is’ and sarcastically saying at the end of the shambolic performance ‘that was… amazing.’
Carey’s representatives have since said they are launching a full investigation into what really happened.