Is Mariah Carey a horrible performer? Or were sound problems really to blame for her terrible performance on New Year's Eve? That's what Carey, Dick Clark Productions and countless fans are debating in the wake of an epic fail.

Carey’s spokeswoman claims technical issues caused the problems with Carey’s NYE performance. “Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances,” she said. Carey’s team accused Dick Clark Productions of setting Carey up to fail and said her earpieces weren’t working. They even accused them of sabotage. They didn’t want to air the performance on the West Coast, but it was aired anyway.

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Mariah Carey NYE Mariah Carey mouthed the words to her songs during her NYE performance (Photo: Splash News).

But Dick Clark Productions denied the claims. “To suggest that [Dick Clark Productions] … would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd,” they said. “In very rare instances, there are, of course, technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that DCP had no involvement and challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance.”

Carey’s NYE performance was absolutely terrible. She was the last performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. She started with “Auld Lang Syne,” but she couldn’t hear her backup vocals. And things went downhill from there.

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Carey went on to “Emotions,” but she hardly sang and told the audience, “We didn’t have a [sound] check for this song, so we’ll just say it went to No. 1 and that’s what it is, okay? Well, Happy New Year! We can’t hear, but I’ll just get through the moment.”

Mariah Carey NYE Performance Mariah Carey said her NYE performance was sabotaged (Photo: Splash News).

Throughout the performance, Carey walked around the stage and pointed at her earpiece. “Put these monitors on, please,” she said. She continued dancing “just for laughs” and had the audience sing. And she kept coming up with excuses saying, they were “missing some of this vocal,” and that she was “trying to be a good sport here.” Things didn’t get any better with “We Belong Together.” She just mouthed the words.

Following the horrible performance, Carey took to Twitter to say, “sh-t happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”

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Technical issues or not, fans say better performers would have handled the situation better. Carey handled it poorly by mouthing the words and complaining to the audience. And this isn’t the first time she’s had problems. Carey missed some notes during her 2014 Christmas in Rockefeller Center performance, for example. She was supposed to pre-tape the performance, but showed up late, so she had to sing live and botched it.

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