Print Edition - 2017-01-03  |  Life & Style

Carey shrugs off botched New York performance on Twitter

- The guardian, NEW YORK

Jan 3, 2017-

After experiencing difficulties with her New Year performance in Times Square in New York City that included stopping singing midway through a song, Mariah Carey used Twitter to say: “Shit happens.”

The singer, performing on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, on ABC, appeared to have technical difficulties during her live performance on Saturday night.

After a brief, flawless Auld Lang Syne, Carey’s mood seemed to range from frustration to resignation as she struggled with pre-recorded musical tracks. Telling revelers jammed into Times Square there had not been a soundcheck for her hit song Emotions, she lamented: “We’re missing some of these vocals, but it is what it is.”

“Let the audience sing,” she decided, as she paced the stage.

“I’m trying to be a good sport here,” she said, adding her own sarcastic review of the performance. “That was … amazing.” The next song, We Belong Together, went no better. At times, Carey lowered the microphone from her mouth and the music, vocals and all, kept playing, making it clear she was lip-synching.

“Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances,” spokeswoman Nicole Perna said on Sunday.

A representative for Dick Clark productions did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Carey headlined the festivities in Times Square, where about a million revellers jammed in to greet the new year.

At 2am on 1 January, apparently working on the theory that bad publicity is better than no publicity at all, Carey used social media to say: “Shit happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”

Published: 03-01-2017 08:52

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