In retrospect, it makes sense that 2017 was somewhat of a flaming dumpster fire of a year, since it was rung in by one of the most disastrous live performances ever televised. Mariah Carey's 2016 New Year's Eve performance definitely didn't go off as planned, and it was all anyone could talk about as 2016 came to a close. But not one to be scared away by a technical mishap, the diva has been given a chance at redemption. That's right, Mariah Carey will once again be a headliner for ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest. But will Mariah Carey lip-sync on New Year's Eve?
Though Carey has not commented on whether she'll be singing live at this year's performance, the singer is definitely looking forward to ringing in another year on the series. A joint statement released by Carey and Dick Clark Productions reads, “We can all agree that last year didn’t go exactly as planned and we are thrilled to move forward together to provide America with an incredible night of music and celebration. See you in Times Square!”
In case you have blocked last year's debacle out of your memory, here's a brief recap. The legendary performer started her performance immediately off on the wrong foot, as she appeared to be lip-syncing off time with the track recording played behind her. After struggling for a little bit, Carey seemed to eventually give up on the lyrics, wandering around the stage with her male dancers, visibly frustrated. It's not exactly unheard of for even the most talented vocalists to use backing tracks, especially performing in a loud and unpredictable venue like Times Square. But if that was the case here, something still seemed to go very wrong.
The aftermath was just as messy as the performance, and the blame game quickly began as the clip of the performance was passed around the internet. Carey's manager, Stella Bulochnikov, told US Weekly that she believed that it was the disaster was the fault of the show's producers, saying:
"I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mic pack was not working and it was a disastrous production. I'm certainly not calling the FBI 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 sh*t together."
But Dick Clark Productions didn't take the accusations lying down. In a statement regarding the botched performance, the company wrote:
"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 [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. 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."
But it seems that the drama and bad blood has all been resolved, as Carey prepares to hit the stage on Sunday, in a lineup that also includes Nick Jonas, Camila Cabello, and Sugarland. Though it's still unclear whether Carey will be singing live or lip-syncing, fans and haters alike can't wait to see what happens in this potential story of redemption.
One thing is for sure: no matter how round two of Carey's consecutive New Year's Eve performances goes, people are sure to be talking about it as they ring in 2018.