Mariah Carey's reaction to botched New Year's Eve performance: 'S— happens'

Mariah Carey's reaction to botched New Year's Eve performance: 'S— happens'

If fans of Mariah Carey were hoping for a heartfelt apology over the singer’s botched, and awkward, performance during ABC’s live television coverage of the big New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square Saturday night, they didn’t get one.

Instead the pop superstar seemed to dismiss the technical mess-up and her somewhat bizarre actions on the big stage by issuing a tweet saying: “S- – t happens” and wishing her fans a happy New Year.  

Pop star Mariah Carey, pictured in a file photo, is drawing lots of heat over a botched performance on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. (Kevork Djansezianarge) 

Carey took the stage in Times Square shortly before midnight and appeared to be angry and confused over an obvious audio glitch as a track to one of her songs was blasting out to the hundreds of thousands of spectators in the heart of New York City — with the cameras rolling on ABC.

At one point, the singer asked the crowd to sing a verse to “Emotion,” as she pranced around the stage with her dancers and waited for the audio glitch to be resolved.

When the audio of her voice returned, she appeared to be lip-syncing her song.

It didn’t take long for her performance to get bashed by television viewers on social media. 

Here’s Carey’s tweet that was posted early on New Year’s Day:

Here are some of the reactions from fans and viewers:

Not all the reactions were negative. In a column that appeared on AOL Sunday morning, an entertainment writer for Uproxx called Carey’s tweet “the perfect comeback” and said that despite all the criticism, it was not a career-ending performance.

“Although Carey’s performance left much to be desired, there were clearly technical difficulties beyond her control,” Kimberly Ricci wrote. “She did toss plenty of attitude once things began to go wrong, yet when it became clear that the performance couldn’t be salvaged, Carey knew that an effective comeback could ease the impact. After all, a decades-long career shall not be toppled by one disastrous performance.”

Len Melisurgo may be reached at LMelisurgo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @LensReality or like him on Facebook. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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Published at Sun, 01 Jan 2017 14:18:00 +0000