Last year, sound problems affected Carey's performance, with the singer unable to hear the backup vocals audible on the live broadcast, causing her to get flustered.
Carey lamented the lack of hot tea onstage to combat the cold temperatures, saying, "They told me there would be hot tea". "I'll just be like everybody else with no hot tea", Carey complained. Naturally, Twitter had some thoughts on the moment.
But all was forgotten this time around: "I'm feeling a lot than past year, when I had to get my own police escort", Carey told Seacrest after he congratulated her on the broadcast. After finishing "Vision of Love", Carey hinted that a part of her stage setting was missing.
You may remember that she headlined the festivities last New Year's and she stopped singing multiple times throughout her set of songs. Okay, well we'll just have to rough it.
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Refusing to sing the song, she said, "I'm trying to be a good sport here".
"I'm feeling a lot better than past year", she said, "when I had to get my own police escort".
The singer then launched into her 1993 ballad Hero with backup singers in white robes behind her.
Many people, some fans included, were surprised that she was even offered a second chance this year. Remaining stationary for the entire performance, Carey belted out every note (with a few minor crackles along the way) and allowed for her voice to shine - and show that she still has plenty of chops without the help of a backing track.
She was reportedly paid $3.5 million for her performance, which lasted around ten minutes.