Mariah Carey performs at the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in New York City. After "Vision of Love" and the bit about the tea, Carey did "Hero", which she dedicated to "everyone that speaks out for justice and tries to make the world ... a more united planet".
But it wouldn't be a Mimi moment without a bit of sass, which the diva predictably served up when she realized there wasn't any hot tea on stage.
You may recall that last year, the Touch My Body singer was heavily criticized for her tragic performance during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. "I just want to take a sip of tea if they'll let me - they told me there would be tea", she told the crowd. But by the time she got to "Hero", the second of her two-song set, she was our hero. Compared to last year, though, it was pretty tiresome, and it was a lot less singular: Minus the redemption story line, Carey's performance was in line with those by the numerous other acts who appeared on "New Year's Rockin' Eve", none memorable enough to mention here.
Yes, Carey was forced to join the legions of commoners in attendance at her gig and suffer through the show without a hot beverage.
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In spite of the frigid temperatures and broken promise for tea, Carey put on quite the show, making us forget the trainwreck of New Year's Eve 2016.
This time, she personally sound-checked the performance hours in advance.
"OK, well, we'll just have to rough it", she continued. In sub-zero wind chill, who could blame her? "Loved your humility when they didn't have your hot tea - You Proved that GOD IS STILL "A GOD OF 2ND CHANCES"!"
Mariah Carey is back on form.