Mariah Carey bungles her New Year's Eve show, stops singing

Carey was performing as part of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, the baroquely titled ball-drop special on ABC, when an apparent problem with her in-ear monitors caused her to give up singing her 1991 hit "Emotions" entirely.

She said the singer complained of problems with her earpiece before she went live on the show.

"In very rare instances, there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television", the statement said, adding that an initial investigation suggested that the production company "had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms Carey's New Year's Eve performance".

The NBA franchise came up with "Lip Sync Cam" which saw spotlighting fans around the arena attempt to sing ' Emotions' - one of Carey's numerous hits.

Carey's representative Nicole Perna blamed technical difficulties, and in an interview with Billboard said Dick Clark Productions had not helped. "I can understand where her struggle was".

"As the premier producer of live television events for almost 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists", Dick Clark Productions said. "She was prompt for rehearsal and her performance".

"Every monitor and in-ear device worked perfectly", Mr. Goldstein said".

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Mariah herself seemed to see the amusing side, sharing a GIF of her shrugging her shoulders alongside the message: "Shit happens Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!"

The pop star's live televised appearance in Times Square was disastrous from the outset and she failed to perform for most of it, despite a pre-recorded track of her songs continuing to play in the background.

When the number ended, the crowd cheered her on. "They did not cut to the West Coast feed; they left her out there to get ratings". "I can't comment beyond that and don't know what her nontechnical issue may have been".

Though Carey was able to laugh off the incident on Twitter, accusations are flying about who's accountable for the botched performance.

"We told them [the stage managers] that the in-ears were not working 10 minutes before the performance", Bulochnikov says in a statement to Billboard.

Carey later tweeted about the night, starting with a brief profanity, throwing in a couple of sad emojis and concluding with, "Here's to making more headlines in 2017".

Perna separately said to CNN, "There was a production issue".

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