Mariah Carey dropped the ball on New Year’s Eve as she lip-synced her way through her hits at Times Square before finally giving up.
“It just don’t get any better,” she said before leaving the stage.
The pop icon brushed off the flub with a follow-up tweet later that evening.
“S–t happens,” Carey said early Sunday. “Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”
Thankfully — or not — Carey isn’t the only singer to slip up on stage.
Here’s a look at some of the most famous snafus:
Spears’ comeback was put on hold after a disasterous 2007 Video Music Awards performance in which she lip-synched through a lackluster “Gimme More.”
The VMAs came at the end of a bad year for Spears in which she checked into rehab several times, shaved her head and lost custody of her children.
Told you Carey wasn’t alone — she’s been caught lip-syncing before.
During the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the singer was accused of faking her “All I Want for Christmas is You” performance.
Carey didn’t respond to the allegations, but American Idol winner Chris Daughtry threw his fellow performers under the bus after he faced the same accusations.
“And so did EVERYBODY ELSE!” he tweeted at someone who said he lip-synced during his own show.
Bey might seem invincible, but even she’s susceptible to the cold.
Performing at President Obama’s second inauguration in 2013, Beyoncé went with what she knew rather than risk a mess-up in front of POTUS.
“I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk,” she said more than a week after the awkwardness.
“It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.”
The famous little sister blew her big shot as the “Saturday Night Live” musical guest in 2004. After opening her set with “Pieces of Me,” Simpson launched into her second song: “Pieces of Me.”
The singer decided to cover up the blunder with an odd jig, as one does, before dropping her head and walking off the stage.
“I feel so bad my band started playing the wrong song and I didn’t know what to do so I did a hoedown,” Simpson said with host Jude Law as the show wrapped. “I’m sorry!”
Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan were the first famous lip-syncers, for better or worse.
The duo better known as Milli Vanilli were caught faking it during a live MTV performance in 1989 when the backing track for “Girl You Know It’s True” skipped and kept repeating the “girl you know it’s true” line.
That wasn’t the group’s worst transgression, though, as it turned out they didn’t even sing their own songs on their CD. By November, Milli Vanilli had their Best New Artist Grammy taken away.
Eminem’s 2013 “Saturday Night Live” performance felt too good to be true — because it was.
His rep denied that the rapper was lip-syncing but told TMZ that he used a vocal track under his own vocals for “Berzerk.” So maybe he just cheated a little.
In a pre-game show for the Australian Football League in 2015, Goulding was still getting set on stage when the locals for her single “Love Me Like You Do” blasted behind her.
The British singer denied the accusations afterwards with a cheeky tweet: “Love it when people think I lip sync, what a rad compliment : ).”
She also took time to blame her sound guy, “who pressed playback twice and triggered both band tracks.”
The Biebs wasn’t exactly subtle about his lip syncing during the opening show of his 2012 “Believe” tour.
The Canadian singer threw up not once but twice on stage while his vocals continued on in the background.
Bieber blamed bad milk for the upset stomach the next morning, but never excused the backtrack.
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