NYE Disaster

Mariah Carey’s Year Isn’t Off to a Good Start


Mariah Carey mid-performance at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (courtesy of ijr.com).

Harley Johnson, Assistant Editor

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve brought in the new year, from December 31 at 8 pm to January 1 at 1 am, for the 45th consecutive year. The lineup of performers included Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, and DNCE. Perhaps the most memorable performance, however, was by Mariah Carey, right before the ball dropped.

“Yikes! I can’t even sing but I sung those songs better than she did. I really think she shouldn’t have tried talking to the audience especially while lip syncing… she was making it worse for herself,” said sophomore Kayla Roberts.

While some thought the performance was a disaster, others thought it was no big deal.

“Stuff like this happens all the time. Nothing to react hugely on,” said sophomore Harley Danes.

While Carey was performing “Auld Lang Syne,” “Emotion,” and “We Belong Together,” the sound cut out and exposed her lip syncing. Carey stood still, flipped her hair and talked to the audience, making it awkward for everyone.

“I don’t necessarily see [her career] over, but I don’t see any concerts in her future unless she can find a proper way to lip sync,” said Roberts.

An estimated 35 million tuned into New Years Rockin’ Eve (variety.com).

“This slip-up was 100% a sum of 2016. Everything started off good, then no matter how hard we tried we couldn’t fix the problems that had been created over the year. In the end everyone was ready for 2017,” said Danes.

Carey’s slip-up was all over the news the next day and the singer addressed the masses saying, “S**t happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”

Carey, a five-time Grammy winner, took the music world by storm when she came onto the scene in 1990.