Mariah Carey Slays on NYE, Warms Up with Some Hot Tea

Posted January 02, 2018

Not to be outdone, the Queen herself got in on the joke, posting, "Found my tea!" post-performance.

"I'm feeling a lot better than a year ago", she said, "when I had to get my own police escort".

But superstar Mariah Carey has proven she's a showbiz trouper by ringing in 2018 in spectacular style. Meanwhile, Twitter offered no tea but served her some sympathy.

However, after the first song, Carey lamented the lack of hot tea onstage to combat the cold temperatures, before saying, "We'll just have to rough it".

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She then declared, "I'm gonna be just like everybody else with no hot tea".

Mariah Carey made a triumphant (and sparkly) return to the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve stage Sunday night (Dec. 31), and it was beyond evident that the 47-year-old had one goal in mind upon ringing in 2018: Leave the now-infamous NYRE flub in 2017.

Even without the tea, Carey's performance gathered strength throughout the set without any obvious glitches - a marked improvement from a year ago.

Last year, Carey's live performance in Times Square on New Year's Eve was a hot mess.

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Carey famously suffered one of the most fascinating meltdowns of the Digital age last New Year's Eve when she claimed her earpiece malfunctioned and gave up halfway through her set, but that didn't stop her from taking the stage again this year.

No tea was brought on stage for the Fantasy hitmaker but it didn't stop her from continuing with her knockout performance.

She later performed Toxic from the Axis Theater. 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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