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Mariah Carey Blames Lip Syncing Debacle on Dick Clark Productions' Sound Guys

The 46 year old Singer said it was her sound system; she couldn't hear background music.

It was a cold, cold New Year's Eve in Times Square last night. Mariah Carey will probably be forgiven for lip-synced her way through her hits onstage. Finally, she threw in the towel, reports the New York Daily News. "It just don't get any better," she hissed before leaving the stage.

The pop icon brushed off the flub with a follow-up tweet later that evening."S--t happens," Carey said early Sunday. "Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017."

People Magazine says that it wasn't Mariah's fault, actually. It was due to a problem with the Sound System on ABC's New Years Eve program. "Sounds problems plagued Carey’s appearance, beginning with her take on “Auld Lang Syne.” Seconds into that number, it became clear Carey could not hear the backup vocals heard on the live broadcast, causing her to get flustered." She couldn't fix the sound problem, so she invited the audience to sing the New Year’s Eve classic.

Her NYE performance was not unique for the 45 year old Singer. She was also accused of lip syncing during the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, also in New York City. But we shouldn't pick on Mariah: Justin Bieber, Ashlee Simpson, Chris Daugherty, even Beyonce have all admitted to relying on the technique, when sick or uncomfortable. After all, it was their singing to begin with.

Beyonce sang the national anthem at Barack Obama's 2013 Presidential inauguration. She apparently decided at the last minute to lip sync rather than sing in sub-freezing temperatures.

"I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk," she said more than a week after the inaugural sing.

"It was about the President and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I'm very proud of my performance."

And there is of course, Brittany Spears famous comeback performance of "Gimme More," at the MTV-VMA Music Awards show in 2007. It was obvious she was lip synching, but probably all eyes were on the rather suggestive dancing anyway.


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