Mariah Carey may be several days removed from her disastrous performance at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, but her showing remains a hot topic.
Tommy Mottolla – the Sony exec responsible for launching her into the stratosphere – is the latest name to weigh-in on the drama.
As reported, the performance saw Mimi meltdown by refusing to sing when her “backing track” failed to kick in. A move which has seen lip-sync accusations erupt in earnest.
What did Mottolla, who was married to Carey’s from 1993-98, have to say?
Find out below…
In a statement published on Page Six, the 67 year old said…
“MC is arguably the greatest pop voice to come along in the last three decades. She has had more number one hits than any pop artist in history!!! She is a global icon and a treasure with incredible talent not only as a singer but as a great songwriter. What happened on NYE could’ve happened to anyone! Yes, her technical people should’ve helped pay more attention to all of it so that there was no chance of that happening.
[That said] It could have happened to anyone and it has, so everyone should just get off her back and leave her the hell alone and hopefully she will find her way to the right professionals for guidance. It’s never about the fall, it’s all about the recovery.”
As for how the diva can bring about said redemption? Mottolla added:
“My only advice is that she should hire more seasoned and respected professionals to surround her and help her with her career! I would never have encouraged her or guided her to do something like a reality television show!!!!! I don’t get it!! That does absolutely nothing for her integrity, her credibility, or her massive talent!! She should take a step back, think carefully and figure out what to do next. That is what she does best.. most certainly none of these issues or problems ever existed with her in her early days at Sony for the first 10 years when she skyrocketed to global superstardom!! Where absolutely meticulous and methodical attention was paid to every single detail and nuance that went on into her career!”
As any viewer of ‘Mariah’s World’ will note, manager Stella Bulochnikov takes no critique lying down.
She offered the following response:
“Really? Tommy is a relic. Did he give you that statement from a rotary phone?”