Mariah Carey’s manager lashed out at Dick Clark Productions, the company behind the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special, following the singer’s disastrous Times Square performance.
Millions of viewers and thousands more congregated in New York City witnessed Carey’s technical difficulties-marred performance, which featured the singer proceeding with the choreographed dance moves while making little effort to actually sing the music, often just speaking directly to the crowd about the sound issues.
In a statement to Billboard, Stella Bulochnikov blamed DCP for continuing with the performance even though Carey’s in-ear monitors weren’t working before she took the stage, as well as not removing the soon-to-be-viral performance from the West Coast feed of the Rockin’ Eve special.
In a separate statement, Carey’s representative Nicole Perna said Dick Clark Productions “Set [Carey] up to fail.” However, Dick Clark Productions strongly denied conspiring against Carey or her performance in their own statement that responds to the Carey team’s allegations.
“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.” During the New Year’s performance of “Emotions,” Carey noted that “We didn’t have a check for this song,” meaning a soundcheck to rehearse the track.
Dick Clark Productions told TMZ that it was Carey who refused to do a soundcheck for the performance, and that despite the in-ear monitor issues, there was ample sound on stage to hear the backing track.
Carey’s rep contended that the music was drowned out by the Times Square crowd.