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By David Ingram
NEW YORK Jan 1 Grammy Award-winning singer
Mariah Carey shrugged off a botched New Year's Eve show in New
York's Times Square, telling fans and critics on Sunday that
life does not always go as planned.
"Shit happens," Carey, the world's million-selling female
singer, wrote on Twitter. "Have a happy and healthy new year
everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017."
Carey, named the Grammy's Best New Artist in 1991, was the
final musical act on ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
with Ryan Seacrest," taking the stage just before midnight.
In addition to the television audience, the program was
watched in person by the hundreds of thousands of people who
gathered in what is called the "Crossroads of the World" to mark
the beginning of 2017.
Carey's opening song, a rendition of Robert Burns' "Auld
Lang Syne," seemed to go as planned. But then the singer,
surrounded by dancers and a sea of humanity, appeared flustered
and complained of technical difficulties.
"We can't hear," she said, as the music from her 1991 hit
song "Emotions" began to play. "It is what it is," she said.
"Let the audience sing, OK?"
But the awkwardness persisted, prompting Carey to say: "I
want a holiday, too. Can I not have one? I'm trying to be a good
The next song, "We Belong Together," Carey's 2005 hit, went
awry as well. Carey dropped her hand-held microphone to her side
and the song went on playing, revealing that she may have been
only syncing her lips to the words.
"It just don't get any better," a frustrated Carey said
after the song.
After the debacle, some fans came to Carey's defense on
Twitter, while others were less than kind. Several tweets
compared her to the disgraced pop duo Milli Vanilli, who lost
their Grammy for Best New Artist in 1990 when it emerged they
had never sung on their records.
A spokesman for ABC declined to comment.
(Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Alan Crosby)