Mariah Carey has accused Dick Clark Productions of intentionally sabotaging her now-infamous New Year’s Eve performance.
The Daily Mail reports that Carey, who performed at the Times Square ball-dropping ceremony on New Year’s Eve, is accusing Dick Clark Productions of intentionally providing her with a faulty earpiece to create drama.
Carey’s team alleges that a producer gave Carey a faulty earpiece, which she tried to replace prior to the performance. According to Carey's team, the producer allegedly told her that “it would be fine once she was on stage.”
Carey’s non-performance has widely been panned as a disaster. She refused to lip-sync to her own song, paced in frustration across the stage, and said “I’m trying to be a good sport here” before storming off the stage.
According to TMZ, Carey alleges that she was backstage six minutes before production complaining about the earpiece, saying she could barely hear anything. To make matters worse, the teleprompter wasn’t working when she got onstage. Her team claims that they complained repeatedly, but nothing was done about the situation.
Representatives for Dick Clark Productions strongly denied the accusations, releasing the following statement:
As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that Dick Clark Productions, 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.