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Carey shrugs off New Year's Eve glitch

Grammy Award-winning singer Mariah Carey shrugged off a botched New Year's Eve show in New York's Times Square, telling fans and critics on Sunday that life does not always go as planned.

"S*** happens," Carey wrote on Twitter.

"Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017."

Carey was the final musical act on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, taking the stage just before midnight.

In addition to the television audience, the programme was watched by the hundreds of thousands of people who gathered in what is called the Crossroads of the World to mark the beginning of 2017.

Carey's opening song, a rendition of Robert Burns' Auld Lang Syne, seemed to go as planned.

But then the singer, surrounded by dancers and a sea of humanity, appeared flustered and complained of technical difficulties.

"We can't hear," she said, as the music from her 1991 hit song Emotions began to play.

She said: "It is what it is. Let the audience sing, okay?"

But the awkwardness persisted, prompting Carey to say: "I want a holiday, too. Can I not have one? I'm trying to be a good sport here."

The next song, We Belong Together, Carey's 2005 hit, went awry as well. Carey dropped her hand-held microphone to her side and the song went on playing, revealing that she may have been only syncing her lips to the words.

"It just don't get any better," a frustrated Carey said after the song.

After the debacle, some fans came to the singer's defence on Twitter, while others were less than kind.

Several tweets compared her to the disgraced pop duo Milli Vanilli, who lost their Grammy for Best New Artist in 1990 when it emerged they had never sung on their records.

A spokesman for Carey said later on Sunday that there was no lip-syncing. - REUTERS

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