Mariah Carey's New Year's performance debacle: Here's what went wrong



Mariah Carey had a New Year's Eve to forget, though it's unlikely anyone will anytime soon.

The singer suffered a pretty disastrous audio equipment malfunction while on stage and live on ABC. That led her to basically quit on even trying to perform. Unfortunately, "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" did not cutaway, and it made for an extremely awkward few minutes before midnight.

So what exactly went wrong? A person close to the singer told TheWrap that Carey's ear piece wasn't working. And when the pop diva was ready to walk to the stage, Mariah's team told production of the problem — an issue that was essentially brushed off.

"Production said it's because they didn't work well in the tent and to go up to stage," the person told us. "Once on stage, [Mariah] told the stage manager that the ears were not working but production decided to just go live instead of cut to commercial to fix the problem."

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Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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Dick Clark Productions declined commenting on the incident to TheWrap. Ryan Seacrest Productions and ABC have not returned our requests.

By the way, in case you were wondering — yes, Mariah did do a rehearsal. That took place at 3 p.m. ET, and surely went better than the eight-and-a-half-hours later live version.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Recording Artist Mariah Carey (L) and choreographer Bryan Tanaka attend MARIAH'S WORLD Viewing Party at Catch on December 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mirage Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: (L-R) Creative director Anthony Burrell, recording artist Mariah Carey, and choreographer Bryan Tanaka attend MARIAH'S WORLD Viewing Party at Catch on December 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mirage Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Recording Artist Mariah Carey (L) and choreographer Bryan Tanaka attend MARIAH'S WORLD Viewing Party at Catch on December 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mirage Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: (L-R) Stella Bulochnikov, Anthony Burrell, Mariah Carey, Bryan Tanaka, and Kristofer Buckle attend MARIAH'S WORLD Viewing Party at Catch on December 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mirage Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Choreographer Bryan Tanaka (L) and recording artist Mariah Carey attend MARIAH'S WORLD Viewing Party at Catch on December 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mirage Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Recording Artist Mariah Carey (L) and choreographer Bryan Tanaka attend MARIAH'S WORLD Viewing Party at Catch on December 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mirage Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Recording Artist Mariah Carey (L) and choreographer Bryan Tanaka attend MARIAH'S WORLD Viewing Party at Catch on December 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mirage Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: (L-R) Creative director Anthony Burrell, recording artist Mariah Carey, and choreographer Bryan Tanaka attend MARIAH'S WORLD Viewing Party at Catch on December 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mirage Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Recording Artist Mariah Carey (L) and choreographer Bryan Tanaka attend MARIAH'S WORLD Viewing Party at Catch on December 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mirage Entertainment)
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