There appear to be some major disagreements over what exactly happened during Mariah Carey's problem-filled performance on New Year's Rockin' Eve on December 31—and things are starting to get messy AF.
First reported by TMZ, the singer's team allegedly fired off an angry email to Dick Clark Productions—the company behind the special—after the performance occurred, accusing them of repeatedly ignoring her complaints that her earpieces weren't working "so they could get Mariah drama" on stage. Her team went on to imply that the singer had been the victim of "sabotage" in order for the network to get better ratings.
As previously reported, during the six-minute set, the singer seemed to be experiencing technical difficulties with her earpiece, or "inner ears," thus making it hard for her to hear the music she was supposed to be singing along to. In the middle of the performance, she decided to take the earpiece out, but still couldn't hear the track—so she stopped singing altogether and instead sarcastically joked about the performance while half-heartedly going through the choreography. The performance was quick to go viral, with many calling it the perfect way to send off 2016.
But in a fiery statement released on Monday, the production company clapped back by claiming that her team's accusations of sabotage were "defamatory" and "absurd," adding that while they "have the utmost respect" for Mariah, they were not to blame for the "challenges" that occurred during her performance.
"To suggest that Dick Clark Productions ... would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous, and frankly absurd," the company said in a statement. "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 in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance."
"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," they continued.
Meanwhile, Mariah's manager Stella Bulochnikov said in a statement to Rolling Stone that the singer had been experiencing problems with her earpiece all night, something they repeatedly complained about without anything being rectified—implying that DCP was well aware of the situation before the performance even occurred.
"We told [the stage managers] that the in-ears were not working 10 minutes before the performance," she 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."
Following the singer's performance, her manager then reached out to an executive at DCP to ask them not to air it on the West Coast, given the circumstances—which she claims he refused to do.
"I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches unless they just want eyeballs at any expense," she told Rolling Stone. "It's not artist-friendly."
But while both teams continue to battle it out and fight over who was to blame, it appears that at least one person has already been able to "Shake It Off" and chock up the technical difficulties to bad luck: the Golden Butterfly herself, of course.
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
There's a reason Mariah's a legend, y'all.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.