Mariah Carey Claims She Was Sabotaged, Dick Clark Productions Responds

In a very fitting capoff to the year of 2016, Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve performance in Times Square went terribly awry when it appeared her lip synch track malfunctioned. The star seemingly decided to give up and unceremoniously walked off the stage after hardly delivering a note.

Carey later claimed in an interview with Billboard that she was the victim of behind the scenes sabotage, an accusation vehemently rebuked by the show organizer, Dick Clark Productions.

“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 DCP, 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,” Dick Clark Productions said in a statement to CNN.  “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.”

Well, this whole situation can’t get any weirder, can it? Carey was the top trending subject on Twitter following her controversial performance, with heated reactions from fans ranging from intensively supportive, to declaring her career as the “last casualty of 2016”. Check out the video of her performance below.