We’re only a day or so into 2017, but Mariah Carey’s now infamous New Year’s Eve performance is already one of the biggest news stories of the year.
The seasoned singer seemingly gave up mid-way through her performance of “Emotions,” “Auld Lang Syne” and “We Belong Together” during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest. Her rep Nicole Perna told Billboard that Mariah spent hours practicing the day before and was set up to fail by producers who were told that Carey’s inner ear piece wasn’t working, yet didn’t fix it.
The show’s producers have a much different version of the night’s events, saying that Carey did not rehearse, instead sending a stand-in, and that all other monitors and ear pieces were working, noting that the dancers were able to hear the music and perform.
Regardless of the truth, what we do know is that Carey started trending in the final moments of a mostly disastrous year for a disastrous performance. The show apparently must not go on, but thankfully we did finally get to say ‘see ya’ to 2016.
Carey’s performance, or half-performance, was fodder for a social media storm of responses.
With 15 minutes left to 2016, you thought you’d seen the worst, then Mariah Carey happened #abcnye
— Gloria Fallon (@GloriaFallon123) January 1, 2017
Just when you thought 2016 wasn’t taking anything else, it took Mariah Carey’s career with it too
— Jason.Hillier (@jasonhillierIT) January 1, 2017
Mariah Carey just puttin’ a perfect bow on 2016. That shit was performance art and whatnot.
— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) January 1, 2017
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) January 2, 2017
Everyone in Times Square was singing Mariah Carey except Mariah Carey. #lipsyncfail2016
— Becky Stark (@stark_becky) January 1, 2017
This Mariah Carey performance is truly the perfect representation of what a year 2016 was…
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) January 1, 2017
#MariahCarey doing a Second City improv workshop on live TV is giving me life right now.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 1, 2017
Mariah Carey was like that one person in a group project who didn’t do any of the work and now has to present the whole project
— Jennifer Sheng (@Jennifer_Sheng) January 1, 2017
Mariah Carey lost her lip sync battle.
— Matthew Kick (@MatthewKick) January 1, 2017
In 2017 we are all Mariah Carey back-up dancers, capering in our purple jackets, waving our fans, and wondering wtf our leader is doing.
— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) January 1, 2017
Well… Mariah Carey hates New Years.
— Spitta (@CurrenSy_Spitta) January 1, 2017
Y’all, quit playin. My parents had the “Mariah Carey is lip-syncing” talk with me when I was like nine.
— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) January 1, 2017
Mariah Carey had a dismal performance but I’m hearing she was very qualified and should win the popular vote! #newyear
— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) January 1, 2017
So Mariah Carey’s sound guy is looking for work if anyone’s interested.
— Ian Hecox (@SmoshIan) January 1, 2017
Of course, there are millions of Carey’s fans who are quick to point out that one bad performance should not make or break an artists career, especially one that has decades of groundbreaking albums and concerts behind her.
Mariah Carey fails better than 99% of the world succeeds.
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) January 1, 2017
I kept hearing about Mariah Carey’s “train wreck”, but when I saw it, what I saw was a professional trying to cope with tech problems.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) January 1, 2017
Mariah Carey has done for music what No one else has done. She’s proven herself time & time again. Respect the Woman. She’s put in the work.
— Khalil (@kbyrd2) January 1, 2017
Those saying @MariahCarey can’t sing are pure idiots & haters. Not only can she sing, but she blows sway most artists. Get over it.
— nik hatziefstathiou (@nikthehat) January 1, 2017
Carey ended the performance saying “It just don’t get any better.” Let’s hope that’s not true.
This Vine will go down in history as the final moment of 2016 and it’s perfect. https://t.co/3d82rH7vAj
— T. Kyle (@tkylemac) January 1, 2017
The pop star later added her own commentary on social media, gif and all.
Shit happens Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017 pic.twitter.com/0Td8se57jr
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 1, 2017
We think that Mariah Carey’s NYE’s performance will actually be a good thing. The last time Carey’s career was considered ‘dead,’ she returned with The Emancipation of Mini. Slay dahling.