Mariah Carey Finally Speaks Out About Her New Year's Eve Show

Mariah Carey Finally Speaks Out About Her New Year's Eve Show

"It really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year's Eve."

"It really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year's Eve."

Text: William Defebaugh

On New Year's Eve, Mariah Carey took the stage in Times Square to deliver a performance that was, to put it nicely, a perfect punctuation mark on 2016. In case you missed the spectacle, or the numerous memes that ensued, Mimi took the stage in a glittery body suit only to fumble attempts at lip syncing before her backing vocals and stage monitors ceased to work altogether. It was so bad that someone hacked Carey's Wikipedia page the next day to change her date of death to December 31, 2016 (turns out Internet trolls are still trolls in 2017). Aside from the immediate legal battle between Carey's camp and Ryan Seacrest Productions and a flip "shit happens" social media post, the singer has been quiet on the performance—until now.

In a new interview with EW, Carey blames the mishap on poor management: "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 went on to say, "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." Lastly, she thanked her loyal lambs for always being there for her: "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."

We're still not convinced that this wasn't a stunt for Mariah's World, but we're choosing to go into 2017 with an open mind.

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