By now, you’ve probably heard about Mariah Carey’s lip sync controversy following her New Year’s Eve performance in New York Times Square’s Annual Ball Drop.
Basically, what happened was that Carey experienced technical difficulties during her performance, which made her “pass the mic”, so to say, to the audience.
While Carey was saying she couldn’t hear from her earpiece on stage, fans have accused her of being busted for lip syncing because of the technical glitches. Carey’s camp denied such allegations and pinned the blame on Dick Clark productions, who was responsible for the New Year’s Eve show.
And while Carey may have been flippant about the whole thing on Twitter right after the performance, saying “sh*t happens”, a few days after, the songstress admitted she was “mortified” by what happened.
“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 Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
However, Carey said that the train wreck that was her NYE performance wasn’t going to stop her from performing live on TV.
“It’s not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future. But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team,” she said.
According to Carey’s Manager, Stella Bulochnikov, the production team was aware of the technical problems a few hours before show time but did not bother to fix them. This so that they can “get ratings” and get viral content at the expense of Mariah’s reputation as a singer.
“I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mike pack was not working and it was a disastrous production,” Bulochnikov said. “I’m certainly not calling the F.B.I. to investigate. It is what it is: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favor. She was the biggest star there, and they did not have their act together.”
Dick Clark, a production company that has worked on huge events like the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes for 50 years, denied any involvement in the difficulties Carey experienced during her performance, saying that any suggestion that they “would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”