Before the ball dropped and 2016 finally came to an end, revelers in Times Square and viewers watching at home were treated to an incredibly awkward five minutes of Mariah Carey.

The pop diva had just finished singing “Auld Lang Syne” as part of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Then the track of her 1991 hit “Emotions” began. “Got me feeling,” Carey attempted, before stopping and telling her backup dancers to “just walk me down” the stairs.

“We can’t hear,” she said. Throughout the rest of the song, Carey walked around the stage and alternated between trying to sing a phrase and explaining what was happening.

“We didn’t have a check for this song, so we’ll just sing. It went to number one,” she said. “We’re missing some of the vocals, but it is what it is.”

A representative for Carey told the Associated Press the mishap had to do with technical difficulties. And the singer with a five-octave range tweeted her own brief explanation: “S– happens.”

Carey was the final headliner before the ball dropped. As “Emotions” continued, she held the microphone out to the crowd: “I say let the audience sing, OK?”

Finally the track ended. “That was,” Carey said, with a long pause, “amazing.”

But wait! Another song. Carey seemed to turn around the performance as she stood in place and sang “We Belong Together.” But midway through the 2005 track, she pulled the microphone away, revealing that she apparently had been lip-syncing. One of her backup dancers quickly showed up and walked her toward the front of the stage.

“Bring out the feathers – yes!” she said as the performance ended. “It just don’t get any better.”

This isn’t the first time Carey has botched a high-profile performance. In 2014, she faltered during NBC’s annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” tree-lighting special, failing to hit a bunch of notes during “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

She later apologized, tweeting that the “situation was beyond my control. I apologize to all that showed up, you know that I would never want to disappoint you.”


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