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Mariah Carey's Other Mishaps in the Spotlight

The diva's meltdown on New Year's Eve comes after issues on the "Today" show and "Good Morning America"

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    Mariah Carey performs onstage during New Year's Eve 2017 in Times Square on December 31, 2016, in New York City. The performance was marred by what a representative called technical difficulties, and what many viewers deemed a lip-syncing fail. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

    Few singers can match the career of the multi-octave superstar Mariah Carey, the winner of five Grammys who has sold more than 200 million records worldwide.

    But sometimes, life gets a little strange in the spotlight.

    She cursed on television during a 2013 appearance in Central Park that aired on "Good Morning America," a performance also disrupted by a tear in the back of her dress. While singing "Always Be My Baby" on the "Today" show in 2014, she seemed to suffer from temporary voice freeze, as her mouth moved but for several seconds no sounds came out.

    TV watchers also remember her wacky "ice cream cart" cameo on MTV and the sight of her needing four people to put on her shoes during a scene from the reality program "Mariah's World."

    Then there was the humiliation of "Glitter," Carey's disastrous 2001 foray into film stardom, which was lambasted by the critics and public alike.

    But nothing quite compares to the meltdown of New Year's Eve, a case of what could be called "Auld Lang-ziety."

    A representative for Carey cited technical difficulties for a disastrous appearance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," which aired on ABC and was the subject of widespread mockery on social media. Commentators called the fiasco a fitting end to a traumatic year for the music industry, marked by the deaths of Prince, David Bowie and George Michael, among others. One tweeter, referring to the 2016 presidential campaign, joked that Carey's show had been hacked by the Russians.

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    Carey began with a brief, flawless "Auld Lang Syne" before descending into a show business nightmare. Her mood seemed to range from frustration to resignation as she struggled with the pre-recorded musical tracks. Telling revelers jammed into Times Square there had been no sound check for her hit song "Emotions," she lamented that "we're missing some of these vocals, but it is what it is."

    "Let the audience sing," she decided as she paced the stage.

    "I'm trying to be a good sport here," she said, adding her own sarcastic review of the performance. "That was ... amazing."

    The next song, "We Belong Together," went no better. At times, she lowered the microphone from her mouth and the music, vocals and all, kept playing, making it clear she was lip-synching.

    "Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances," Carey spokeswoman Nicole Perna said Sunday.

    Carey later tweeted about the night, starting with a brief profanity, throwing in a couple of sad emojis and concluding with, "Here's to making more headlines in 2017."

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    On Sunday, Dick Clark Productions responded to — and rejected — the comments from Carey's camp.

    "As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists," it said in a written statement. "To suggest that dcp (Dick Clark Productions), as producer of music shows including the "American Music Awards," "Billboard Music Awards," "New Year's Rockin' Eve" and "Academy of Country Music Awards," would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd."

    It said that in "very rare instances" there are technical errors that can occur with live television. It said an initial investigation, however, indicated it had no involvement in the challenges associated with Carey's performance.

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    "We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry," it said.