By: Lauren Robinson A.K.A Nobody’s Millennium
Happy New Years to everyone who comes in contact with this article! Mariah Carey started the tradition of performing live at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special, but as of recently she has been known to butcher the performance. In 2016, Carey was surrounded angelically by white feathers, with a feathery coat and shimmery studded leotard. She tried to perform “Emotions” and “We Belong Together”. The problem with the performance instantly began in the beginning when she was seen trying to fix her ear piece and the music was heard but Carey was not singing. Throughout the rest of the performance she talked to the audience and had the audience sing the song for her. After the performance it was explained that there were technical difficulties and she could not hear herself or the music being played.
But despite that, she decided to come back and bring in the year 2018. She wore a similar outfit to 2016, white fur coat, diamond necklaces, and a gem studded gold gown. Carey sang “Vision of Love” and “Hero” in, “appreciation for everyone that speaks out for justice and tries to make the world a better place, a more united planet. You’re the true heroes.”
Carey must be given her props because it is not easy to perform in freezing cold temperatures and attempt to sing live and do it relatively well. The great thing that came out of Carey’s performance is hope. Even though there were a few bumpy vocal notes, Carey displayed the knowledge of knowing she is no longer the Mariah Carey of the 90s or early 2000s. She is showing that she is learning how to get through live performances without having to hit the whistle notes she has known for and stay within low registers and be strong within those notes.
For her 2016 performance it was a completely valid and understandable excuse as to why she could not perform well. But the problem with that is, why come back the next year especially if it was their crew’s issues that made you look ridiculous? All the articles, blogs, and even people apart of the show called it a “redeeming” moment for Carey as if it were her fault the first time. Carey is a legend and icon and should be treated as such anytime she performs for a show. It cannot really be proclaimed that she rocked this year’s show but she did a decent job. If I were her, I would not have returned to the show but would have enjoyed my icon status and performed when my vocals are fully prepared to do very well.