Mariah Carey’s Camp Blames Producers for New Year’s Performance

Rucuss staffJanuary 3, 2017

Mariah Carey ended 2016 with a horrible performance.

But Carey has a good reason for it. The Heartbreaker singer blames Dick Clark Productions, which produces “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

“We told them [the stage managers] that the in-ears were not working 10 minutes before the performance,” Carey’s manager Stella Bulochnikov told Billboard. “They then changed the battery pack, and they were still not working on the frequency four minutes before the show. We let them know again, and they just kept counting her down and reassuring her that they will work as soon as they go live, which never happened — at which point she pulled them out but could not hear the music over the crowd.”

Bulochnikov claims that DCP admitted that there was an issue with Carey’s in-ears.

“After the show, I called [Dick Clark Productions’] Mark Shimmel and I said, ‘What the f— happened?’ He said, ‘Let me call you back,’ then called me back and confirmed the in-ears were not working and asked if I would make a joint statement,” Bulochnikov added. “I said, ‘No way.’ I asked him to cut the West Coast feed. He said he could not do that. I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches unless they just want eyeballs at any expense … It’s not artist friendly, especially when the artist cut her vacation short as a New Year’s Eve gift to them.”

Dick Clark Productions vehemently denies that it was the company’s fault.

“As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists,” the company wrote. “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. 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.”

Billboard reports that the in-ears were “indisputably” malfunctioning and sources said that it was Carey’s camp’s fault. TMZ reports that Carey also refused to personally do a sound check, opting instead to send a stand-in.

Carey addressed the incident with a GIF on Instagram. She wrote, “Shit happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.” Watch Carey’s performance below.

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