Mariah Carey's epic snafu on New Year's Eve is being blamed on Dick Clark Productions, but the company is now fighting back.
By now, just about everyone has seen Carey's unfortunate mishap during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The singer was apparently not able to hear the music over the crowd during her performance and proceeded to awkwardly walk around the stage, talking over the music.
Shortly after the debacle, Nicole Perna, a representative for Carey, told Billboard that "production set her up to fail." Carey's manager, Stella Bulochnikov, made similar comments to the publication.
"We told them [the stage managers] that the in-ears were not working 10 minutes before the performance," Bulochnikov said. "They then changed the battery pack, and they were still not working on the frequency four minutes before the show. We let them know again, and they just kept counting her down and reassuring her that they will work as soon as they go live, which never happened -- at which point she pulled them out but could not hear the music over the crowd."
Now, Dick Clark Productions is fighting back, slamming all accusations that they set Carey up to fail in any way.
"As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists," the company said in a new staement. "To suggest that DCP, 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."
They did note that "in very rare instances" there are mishaps like Carey's on live television, but after "an initial investigation," they discovered that they were not truly at fault for the incident.
"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," the statement said.
Meanwhile, Carey has tried to take it all in stride, at least on social media:
Shit happens Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017 pic.twitter.com/0Td8se57jr
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 1, 2017