Mariah Carey accused of 'blatantly' lip-syncing at Thanksgiving Day parade

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Mariah Carey fans were set to celebrate the iconic singer's return to the 96th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this week after a seven-year absence - though, they apparently got a little less than they bargained for.

The 52-year-old undisputed Queen of Christmas made an appearance at the highly anticipated Thanksgiving event in Manhattan, holding an umbrella while sporting a glamorous red fishtail dress and glittering tiara.

As expected, she sang her chart-topping hit 'All I Want For Christmas Is You,' and the live-streamed performance even included backup dancers festively dressed as ballerinas and nutcrackers.

Soon afterward, the songstress took to Instagram to post several images from her elaborate display as well as thank her children and her fans (whom she calls her lambs). "Happy Thanksgiving!!! Grateful and so proud of my beautiful kids [Moroccan] and [Monroe], grateful for the lambily and for the precious moments in life.  Now it's reaaaallly time," she wrote.

Her partner, Bryan Tanaka, commented underneath the post: "Best performance of the year!!!"

However, her performance didn't go down too well on social media, with fans blasting Mariah for allegedly lip-syncing throughout the performance given that she sounded a little too close to the original 1994 recording.

What do you think? Check out the performance below:

Of course, these concerned netizens made their feelings known on Twitter, with one person declaring: "Mariah Carey lip syncing in place with this umbrella at 78% energy while her dancers perform like their lives hang in the balance on the Thanksgiving Parade is pure CAMP!!"

Another person added: "Respect to Mariah Carey for not even pretending not to lip sync."

"Mariah Carey, just blatantly lip-syncing is a whole mood," another Twitter user quipped.

One Twitter used joked: "Why was she holding a microphone it didn't serve any purpose".

Though, several people leaped to the hit maker's defense, including this person who wrote: "That's incorrect. Everyone lip synced." They included a screenshot of a tweet written by John Legend in 2018 where he explains that the artists are actually required to lip sync during the Thanksgiving Day Parade as "the floats don't have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance."

Unfortunately for Mariah, this is not the first time she's copped a little flak for her performances. In fact, during a New Year's Eve performance at Times Square in 2016 she caused quite a stir when sound issues forced her to storm off stage.

At that time, a bunch of technical difficulties caused the music to be out of time with Mariah's lip syncing track for her song 'Emotions,' resulting in a super embarrassing moment for the 'We Belong Together' singer.

The mom-of-two - who shares her twins with serial babymaker Nick Cannon - apparently couldn't hear any backing track in her ear piece, and she eventually began complaining about the issue while her song was still playing. She paced around the stage for a while, with her backup dancers continuing despite the awkwardness.

"It is what it is. It just don't get any better," Mariah then said, before finally storming off out of frustration.

At least it's all been uphill from there for the singer!

Featured image credit: LANDMARK MEDIA / Alamy

Mariah Carey accused of 'blatantly' lip-syncing at Thanksgiving Day parade

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Mariah Carey fans were set to celebrate the iconic singer's return to the 96th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this week after a seven-year absence - though, they apparently got a little less than they bargained for.

The 52-year-old undisputed Queen of Christmas made an appearance at the highly anticipated Thanksgiving event in Manhattan, holding an umbrella while sporting a glamorous red fishtail dress and glittering tiara.

As expected, she sang her chart-topping hit 'All I Want For Christmas Is You,' and the live-streamed performance even included backup dancers festively dressed as ballerinas and nutcrackers.

Soon afterward, the songstress took to Instagram to post several images from her elaborate display as well as thank her children and her fans (whom she calls her lambs). "Happy Thanksgiving!!! Grateful and so proud of my beautiful kids [Moroccan] and [Monroe], grateful for the lambily and for the precious moments in life.  Now it's reaaaallly time," she wrote.

Her partner, Bryan Tanaka, commented underneath the post: "Best performance of the year!!!"

However, her performance didn't go down too well on social media, with fans blasting Mariah for allegedly lip-syncing throughout the performance given that she sounded a little too close to the original 1994 recording.

What do you think? Check out the performance below:

Of course, these concerned netizens made their feelings known on Twitter, with one person declaring: "Mariah Carey lip syncing in place with this umbrella at 78% energy while her dancers perform like their lives hang in the balance on the Thanksgiving Parade is pure CAMP!!"

Another person added: "Respect to Mariah Carey for not even pretending not to lip sync."

"Mariah Carey, just blatantly lip-syncing is a whole mood," another Twitter user quipped.

One Twitter used joked: "Why was she holding a microphone it didn't serve any purpose".

Though, several people leaped to the hit maker's defense, including this person who wrote: "That's incorrect. Everyone lip synced." They included a screenshot of a tweet written by John Legend in 2018 where he explains that the artists are actually required to lip sync during the Thanksgiving Day Parade as "the floats don't have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance."

Unfortunately for Mariah, this is not the first time she's copped a little flak for her performances. In fact, during a New Year's Eve performance at Times Square in 2016 she caused quite a stir when sound issues forced her to storm off stage.

At that time, a bunch of technical difficulties caused the music to be out of time with Mariah's lip syncing track for her song 'Emotions,' resulting in a super embarrassing moment for the 'We Belong Together' singer.

The mom-of-two - who shares her twins with serial babymaker Nick Cannon - apparently couldn't hear any backing track in her ear piece, and she eventually began complaining about the issue while her song was still playing. She paced around the stage for a while, with her backup dancers continuing despite the awkwardness.

"It is what it is. It just don't get any better," Mariah then said, before finally storming off out of frustration.

At least it's all been uphill from there for the singer!

Featured image credit: LANDMARK MEDIA / Alamy