Mariah Carey Suffers Epic Lip Sync Snafu on 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

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Mariah Carey performing on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

The singer was visibly frustrated when a vocal track malfunction set off her performance.

Mariah Carey's performance Saturday night during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest went haywire when a vocal track malfunctioned and threw off the singer's lip syncing onstage. 

The technical issue occurred while Carey was preparing to sing her hit "Emotions."

“I’m trying to be a good sport here,” a visibly frustrated Carey said as she stopped singing and tried to find her place, explaining to the crowd that her vocal track was missing and she couldn't hear through her ear piece. She opted to "let the audience sing."

Her follow-up performance of "We Belong Together" similarly ended with the singer pacing the stage and refusing to continue lip syncing, as certain pre-recorded bits of her signature high notes rang out. "It just doesn't get any better," she said as she closed her set.

Carey had suffered from a tight and difficult rehearsal schedule earlier in the night and was unable to hear through her in-ear monitor for most of her set, according to a source.

The source told Billboard, "She didn't have the kind of time that she usually gets for her “Mariah-ness.'”

Carey was set to headline the show at 11:30 p.m. ET just before the ball dropped in New York's Times Square at midnight.

The singer later tweeted about the incident, jokingly writing, "Shit happens. ... Here's to making more headlines in 2017."

Shortly after her rocky performance ended, viewers took to Twitter, calling Carey's career 2016's "final victim."

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