For those that somehow missed the stunning series of mortifying miscues, it's worth the six minutes of secondhand embarrassment just to understand how messy things were for her during the show. In short, spectators noticed from the start that the audio on her rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" didn't quite match up with her lip movements, and when her the next song, her own hit "Emotions," began, she came back through and announced to the crowd that she couldn't hear but would "get through the moment" and that she didn't have a sound check for that song. For the next few minutes, she proceeded to prance (and be awkwardly guided by her backup dancers) around the stage and belt out just a line or two, complaining, "we're missing some of this over, but it is what it is."
After the song was finished, a visibly frustrated Carey proclaimed, "that was … amazing." Then, even when the audio for the third song, "We Belong Together," came on properly, she seemed to give up on trying to keep in sync with the voiceover, ultimately dropping the mic and shrugging her shoulders at the unrecoverable moment and saying things like, "This song went to number one, so it is what it is," and "I want a holiday, too. Can I not have one?" It was a big ball of yikes that dropped right on her head, and now everyone's talking about it. So, how did this happen? This is the part where the finger-pointing comes in.