Mariah Carey Makes Live Performance Comeback After New Year’s Disaster
Mariah Carey made a successful live performance comeback on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night — her first since her now infamous New Year’s Eve disaster.
The “Butterfly” singer hit headlines when her backing track forced her to give up on her live televised performance on the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show.
But her return to the stage went smoothly as she hit the U.S. late night talk show to belt out new track “I Don’t,” alongside rapper YG and a live band.
Dressed in a figure-hugging red dress, the singer looked calm and confident as she performed the song, which was inspired by her break-up from fiancé James Packer.
Lyrics include “Probably think I’m coming back, but I don’t, I don’t.” The breakdown of her engagement and new romance with back-up dancer Bryan Tanaka has also been documented on the E! docuseries Mariah’s World.
Following the New Year’s Eve disaster, Carey decided to take a beak from her social media activities, telling her fans on Twitter: “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 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.”
The producers of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show hit back at the allegation, saying in a statement: “To suggest that dcp (Dick Clark Productions) would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.
“In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that dcp 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.”
Viewers watched as Carey awkwardly danced onstage as a backing track played behind her. Carey and her manager Stella Bulochnikov later explained her in-ear monitors were not working and when the singer removed them, she couldn’t hear her music over the din of the crowd.