The singer’s lip sync debacle closed out 2016 in the most fitting way possible
It was the lip-sync botch heard ’round the world as Mariah Carey confusedly stumbled through most of her Times Square New Year’s Eve concert last night. But considering what an absolute dumpster fire shitshow this year was, her performance was fitting in every way.
Basically, if 2016 were a musical performance, it was Mariah Carey last night.
Miss Mariah started things off semi-OK, lip-syncing her way through a clearly prerecorded rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Though she wasn’t singing live, it was still passable.
And then, all hell broke loose.
The opening notes of her famous hit “Emotions” blare from the speakers as Carey looks visibly thrown. She can be heard saying that she’s having trouble hearing, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Carey claimed during the performance that her vocal track was missing. As she fumbled her way through the opening of “Emotions” and then took a similar approach to “We Belong Together,” she said, “I’m trying to be a good sport here,” probably alluding to the lack of cooperation from whatever sound guy is likely out of a job on this first magical day of 2017.
Of course, Twitter took notice of the snafu, laying into Carey for her inability to make it work. But the overall consensus? Mariah Carey’s performance last night was the only way to close out a year as fucking ridiculous as 2016.
With 15 minutes remaining, 2016 claimed its final victim: Mariah Carey’s career
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) January 1, 2017
Operator: “911 what’s your emergency?”
Person: “Mariah Carey just bombed Times Square.”
— Todd Hall (@toddycst) January 1, 2017
Maybe Mariah Carey didn’t give the performance that 2016 wanted, but she gave the performance 2016 deserved.
— beth loves cake, so (@bourgeoisalien) January 1, 2017
I feel like mariah carey set the bar for 2017 really low so now we’re all gonna look good next year. Thank you queen of sacrifices
— NICK (@iconickkk) January 1, 2017
Mariah Carey ended 2016 in the worst way ever. How can you not know the words to your own hit song!?
— Taylor Cummings (@T_SteezyMusic) January 1, 2017
I’m okay with having Mariah Carey’s New Years performance be the first meme of 2017.
— Michi D yo (@Michellexdianax) January 1, 2017
Mariah Carey: 2016 …. it was bad, so lets end it bad
— James Yammouni (@James_Yammouni) January 1, 2017
As we watched, mildly horrified as Carey embarrassed herself, we couldn’t help thinking this was pretty much all of us over the last year. Dazed, confused, and eventually just saying “fuck it” and giving up. 2016 was a complete mess, and Mariah Carey was only keeping with the theme by turning in this disaster of a performance.
In the end, it was the diva herself who summed it up best. You do you, girl. Let’s hope 2017 is a little kinder to all of us.
Shit happens 😩 Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!🎉 Here’s to making more headlines in 2017 😂 pic.twitter.com/0Td8se57jr
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 1, 2017