Mariah Carey didn’t have a great New Year’s. Her performance at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve was marred by technical difficulties, and the resulting lip-sync debacle went viral online. Now, the singer has issued an official statement about the controversy via Twitter, placing the blame squarely on the shoulders of the event’s producers:
I haven’t really addressed the situation the situation that happened on New Year’s Eve, and in time, I will. But for now, I want everyone to know that I came to New Year’s Eve in New York in great spirits and was looking forward to a celebratory moment with the world. It’s a shame that we were put into the hands of a production team with technical issues who chose to capitalize on circumstances beyond our control. It’s not practical for a singer to sing live and be able to hear themselves properly in the middle of Times Square with all the noise, the freezing cold, the smoke from the smoke machine, thousands of people celebrating, especially when their ear monitors were not working at all. Listen, guys: they foiled me. Thus, it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me and all those who were excited to ring in the New Year with me.
Eventually, I will explain this in greater detail for anyone who cares to hear it. I cannot deny that my feelings are hurt, but I’m working through this, and I’m truly grateful for my fans and my true friends, who have been so supportive in this time. I’m gonna take a break from social media moments, although I am gonna fulfill my professional obligations. This is an important time for me to finally take a moment for myself and to be with my loved ones and prepare for my upcoming tour in March. I just want to thank everyone for their support. Thank you to all my industry friends and thank you to my lambs, you’re always there for me, I can’t imagine life without you and you’ll always be a part of me. I can’t wait to talk to you again.
Listen to the full audio message below.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 8, 2017