"All I can say is Dick Clark was an incredible person and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business", she told Entertainment Weekly previous year.
After her first song, Carey told the audience, "I just want to take a sip of tea, if they'll let me". "Oh, it's a disaster. I'll just be like everybody else with no hot tea!"
After her performance this year she posted a photo to Twitter joking that she was finally able to get some hot tea after leaving the stage.
Carey is known for being a diva and with her past reality programs, HSN shopping infomercials, and headline-worthy appearances has a reputation for being a woman who celebrates the luxuries in life. You may watch Mariah Carey's "hot tea" moment in the video player below. The action starts at 8:00 p.m. EST and goes on past New Year's Eve with an end time of 2:13 a.m. Mariah Carey will be returning to perform this year in Times Square along with Nick Jonas, Camila Cabello, and Sugarland. "We didn't have a sound check, but it's New Year's, baby".
The singer then launched into her 1993 ballad Hero with backup singers in white robes behind her. Sources have said it meant a lot to her because she needed to prove to her fans that she can deliver a great performance live. Some critics complained because Mariah didn't hit her signature high notes, but we can safely assume that was because she didn't have enough hot tea to lubricate her vocal cords.
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