We all saw it, and if we didn’t see it, come January 1st we had all heard about it. Mariah Carey was caught lip syncing to a backtrack and not only lip syncing she was caught messing it up. Undoubtedly it was disappointing to see a music icon have a public blunder like this but we’ve forgot that this wasn’t the first time a superstar had stage issues.
Britney Spears, the queen of pop herself has fallen under scrutiny many times over her tendency to lip sync during bigger concerts. A lot of factors go into an artist not choosing to go with their own voice and using a backtrack instead. Some artists like Ashlee Simpson have even danced off stage mid-song due to a lip-sync blunder. Mariah herself isn’t a stranger to in-ear monitor issues and in the past has been able to recover just fine. She is deserving of us understanding, as she stated herself on social media “Sh*t Happens!”
It doesn’t take a genius to understand Mariah Carey’s voice isn’t what it was in the early 90’s. After two decades of touring and 18 number one hits no one’s voice would remain the same. Mariah surpassed a decade and still put out a number one hit almost every year from 1990 to 2006- she’s paid her dues. Having a full range voice isn’t permanent with time it will fade.
It is no surprise she cannot be at her 1990’s best but she is still the girl that gave us Heartbreaker, Always Be My Baby, We Belong Together and so many others. If Mariah doesn’t want to stop performing who are we to argue, it’s what she does. Before we throw her into the lion’s den over her New Year’s Eve mishap we need to remember all the music moments she gave us. No worries, Mariah we know you will ‘Shake It Off.’