"I just want to take a sip of tea if they'll let me - they told me there would be tea", the singer quipped. "I'm going to be like everybody else, with no hot tea", she continued. Thank you for acknowledging the freezing cold weather and the necessity for hot tea!
The incident ricocheted instantly across the internet, with detractors giddily proclaiming that Carey had lost the singing ability that made her a star in the early 1990s.
Carey's performance a year ago was an abject, Murphy's Law-level disaster.
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"She redeemed herself", the insider says. Okay. Well, we'll just have to rough it.
While her vocals may not be as effortless as they once were, and the cold weather no doubt put a strain on her voice, we think she put on a fabulous show.
In 2016 Carey received criticism over the controversial performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The singer's performance issues were evident from the start, as she claimed she was unable to hear the music she was suppose to sing along with.
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Meanwhile, Twitter offered no tea but served her some sympathy. 'I'm feeling better than a year ago , ' she replied. On top of that, only a true diva would withstand below freezing temperatures just to rock a hot, sparkly outfit.
Mariah Carey halted her much-talked-about return to the New Year's Rockin' Eve show to look for hot tea while millions watched, but it looks like the drama is over because the diva did eventually get the beverage she so desperately needed during her performance.
The demanding-diva routine, which was nearly certainly planned, was Carey's winking reference to her 2016 "New Year's Rockin' Eve" performance, when production problems of an indeterminate kind led her to ditch the elaborate pantomime she had in store. She opened with "Vision of Love", which wasn't great, but considering the wind chill, she gets a pass.
Carey, later took to social media to shade those responsible for not having her tea.
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Mariah Carey is back on form.