Mariah Carey Speaks Out on New Year's Eve Mishap: I Was "Mortified"

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"It really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year’s Eve."

After the back-and-forth battle between Mariah Carey's reps and Dick Clark Productions, the singer has voiced her own disgust with the New Year's Eve lip-sync flub she suffered on live television.

"All I can say is, Dick Clark was an incredible person, and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business," Carey told Entertainment Weekly. "I’m of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that, and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time."

Carey suffered quite the snafu on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest when the in-ear audio stopped working during her performance of her hit "Emotions." Prior to statements from her reps and Dick Clark Productions, Carey took to Twitter to address the error herself ("Shit happens ... Here's to making more headlines in 2017," she jokingly captioned a GIF of herself), but this is the first that's been heard from the singer since.

Although Carey was clearly frustrated while dealing with the glitch on live television — and BWR Public Relations' Nicole Perna claims DCP's production team "set [Carey] up to fail" — the singer insisted that the incident hasn't scared her away from doing another live on-air performance.

"It’s not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future," she told EW. "But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team."

She also added a thank you to the "true fans" and media that offered their support after the flub. "I am so appreciative of them," she said. "It really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year’s Eve."

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