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Mariah Carey Issues Statement on NYE Performance: “They Foiled Me”

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Singer Mariah Carey performs during New Year's Eve 2017 in Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic)

The saga of Mariah Carey’s unfortunate New Year’s Eve performance continues still, even after the singer fired her creative director and blamed Dick Clark Productions for the terrible sound. Who exactly to point the finger at seems a moot point right now, considering all agree that Mariah’s in-ear monitors failed–we almost certainly can’t blame the singer herself for technical circumstances out of her control. The singer reiterated that today, in an audio statement she issued to her Twitter page that again took issue with the production situation and the failure of those in-ear monitors.

Somewhat serendipitously, the sound quality of the statement borders on illegible. So, we did you the favor of transcribing that quote:

“I haven’t really addressed 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 complete spirit, and 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 machines, 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. I cannot deny that my feelings are hurt but I’m working through them. I am truly grateful for all my fans and my true friends who have been so supportive in this time. I’m going to take a break from media moments, social media moments. Although I am going to perform 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 sing for you again.”

Carey’s upcoming tour with Lionel Richie has three dozen dates and goes from March through May. It’s understandable she’d want to do damage control now–fans would hate to think that the performance Carey gave on New Year’s Eve is what they should expect from these upcoming shows.