Scary Christmas? Mariah Carey Delivers Shocking Performance At Rockefeller Center

Published: Wednesday 3rd Dec 2014 by Sam
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Mariah Carey may not want a lot for Christmas, but we’re hoping Santa re-gifts her voice back.

The diva’s vocals (or lack-there of) have been at the centre of ample debate since she set sail on her new tour ‘The Elusive Chanteuse Show’ in October. And though her overall vocal climate improved as the trek treaded on, a new performance tonight has re-affirmed that her road to recovery is by no means a linear.

Mimi was tapped to serve as the “major” attraction at this evening’s Christmas In Rockefeller Center event. However, her performance of her self-penned holiday classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ was attention-grabbing for all the wrong reasons.

See what we mean below…

Goodness gracious. She sounded like she’d been gargling concrete.

It’s sad because on a “good” day, Ms. Carey can still sing many a young’un under the table. However, what the Ariana’s of the world seem to have over her these days is a key quality called consistency. Modern Day Mariah has made it routine to “slay” when visibility is minimal and yet bomb like this when the masses are watching.

She now sings with such trepidation, which is wholly unfortunate for someone whose voice and catalogue of classics continue to inspire generations.

Oh Mimi.

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  1. Krista December 3, 2014

    Lmao

    • BeyHive December 3, 2014

      Mariah has lost it. Please retire …. 🙁

      • 2 out of 5* Verdict December 3, 2014

        Starting from 2.38- …she lost her stamina and went downhill like a truck with a screeching brake!

        RIP

      • Eeeeeeee!!!! December 4, 2014

        She should retire for good before it is too late. Always looking like a dild0 stuck in her throat when she sings.

  2. Boom Clap XCX December 3, 2014

    LMAO TERRIBLE OLD WOMAN RETIRE ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Yea ok December 3, 2014

    And Mariah Christmas music will still outsell all the girls you talkin about in this post. I love a good dose of shade but trying to shade artists who have cemented themselves into history makes you bloggers look a fool IMO. Mariah can live off royalties from her Xmas music alone and never make another record. Meanwhile. Sam and company has to get carpal tunnel to create posts to get clicks and comments to get ad dollars. Where is your resume that you even have the right to come for a legend on Mariah’s status anyway? I’ll wait.

    • RCi December 3, 2014

      I don’t think this is about money or sales… its about the fact that MARIAH CAREY is losing that voice. I have been a fan my entire life and always will be but this wasn’t great. Hopefully she will take time off and rest her voice cuz I think she needs to and deserves to.

    • Jloqueen December 4, 2014

      READ THE GIRLS!!!!!!! Sam is so biased.

  4. Danny Le Guen December 3, 2014

    Are you honestly comparing Mariah Carey’s voice with mere mortals. Better to be inconsistently great than consistently ish

    By the way, Ariana Grande should be sued for plagiarism

    • Try again December 3, 2014

      Mariah is a mortal you dumb b****, she’s gonna die just like the rest of us humans.

  5. Cbookem December 3, 2014

    She dont sound bad stop being so dramatic. Yes she could do better but its ok. People with try to f*** up ppl careers with silly bull s***

  6. marcy December 3, 2014

    It wasn’t that bad. It was very pitch probably because it was cold.. Her voice is still strong though you can tell

  7. Naomi December 3, 2014

    Lool it was mess but All I Want For Christmas will continue to slay the charts 20 years later. Our faves could never.

    • Michael Jackson Queen of pop December 3, 2014

      Too bad that’s all she’s going to be remembered for a skreetching screamy voice and a whack ass Christmas song

  8. Yes. December 3, 2014

    Sam and his old, tired, reductive Mariah shade. Sam acts like Mariah owes him money.

  9. Unbiased December 3, 2014

    I own every Mariah album, but the lambs need to stop the lies! Mariah sounds good and TERRIBLE. She needs to put the alcohol down, and take care of her voice. Also, those nodules are stopping her from reaching her upper register. As a singer, you must take care of your instrument. Mariah has too many Yes Men in her camp. Idgi, Her Godmother Patti Labelle’s voice is in still good shape, because she takes care of it! I don’t care how many receipts she has, this is embarrassing.

  10. Yes. December 3, 2014

    Mariah and her December/Christmas royalty checks she gets in the mail in January tho $$$$$$$$$$$

  11. Louie December 3, 2014

    Yall are really reaching!!! She didn’t even sound bad!!! She just didn’t go for those high notes, which I can respect!!!! I’d rather this performance over those Asian tour shows!!!

  12. metzo December 3, 2014

    It’s not even that bad. I’ve seen worse… She definitely has lost her flaw-free control and ability to hit high notes effortlessly like back in the days.
    And it’s funny cause Mariah in her worst days still sounds better than most. It was ok.

  13. BBC December 3, 2014

    I had to turn it off a little after halfway. NOTHING is forever. She’ll always be legend. Hating will do nothing. Look at yourself

    • FRESH NAVI December 3, 2014

      Thats what im saying, shes a legend. Your voice gives way after using it too much….

      • Porkriah fatrey December 3, 2014

        excuses after excuse, keep them coming. *grabs pop corn*

      • let’s be real December 4, 2014

        then why is patti still slaying at 70? i dont think we can put everyone under that blanket statement.mimi abused her vocals and the nodules are bad too. church mothers in they 50s singing in the choir since they was 3. Tina Turner at 69 on stage slaying back in 2009.

  14. AtlChick December 3, 2014

    It wasn’t her best performance but I’ve certainly hear her sound much worse….

  15. girlbye December 3, 2014

    Another hateful mariah post but life goes on! Im sure mariahs at home not giving a s*** getting ready for them SOLD OUT 5 DATES at beacon theatre but okay.

  16. Stephy Tha Lambily December 3, 2014

    Her voice is damaged. Nodules are the reason she have trouble entering her upper register. The beginning was nice but she fuckks up when its time for the high notes.

    MARIAH CAREY PLEASE GET THAT SURGERY DONE

    • girlbye December 3, 2014

      If she has surgery done that could damage her voice even more. Julie andrews had her nodules taken out and she has no voice at all!! Its a risk. Vocal rest is what mariah needs.

      • Stephy Tha Lambily December 3, 2014

        That was in 1997 tho. There are plenty of success stories for vocal surgery. Adele had small nodules & pollards… Her surgery was a success…

    • Mark111 December 3, 2014

      I read that nodules was the reason she could hit high notes. I think it’s just age, women voices change in their 40’s.

  17. Check Your Lipstick Before You Come & Talk To Me December 3, 2014

    Okay regardless of what other singers are doing today, there is no denying that this performance was AWFUL. If you are saying otherwise you are delusional. People can use the “Mariah is a legend… sold the most records” etc. but her voice sounds so bad! If she was anyone else you guys would drag the HELL out of them. I like Mariah but her voice is so gone and it is so sad to see. She’s got to change up her singing style because clearly she is unable to do what she used to. It is crazy to me that she and her team aren’t noticing this and trying to remedy the situation by not embarrassing her on live TV like this.

    • FRESH NAVI December 3, 2014

      Thats the thing she isnt JUST anyone else… She has nothing to prove. She has DONE IT before.
      Beyonce needs to impress Mariah has been there done that really. Her Hay days are over as was whitney’s who was known as the voice but her voice went shortly before she died remember?
      Ariana has no vocal control, you barely here what she says, beyonce doesnt do live vocals, Rihanna is ok. Who is slaying it vocally right now ?
      & i will wait. Legends are Legends

      • RCi December 4, 2014

        Rihanna is far from ok. Mariah’s worst performance is better than Rihanna’s best. Beyonce doesn’t need to impress cuz she been around for nearly 20 years. However, new artists like Ariana, Gaga, Iggy, etc. are still new and proving their talents.

      • Naomi December 4, 2014

        Beyonce does do live vocals please stop lying. 70% of her shows are live *plays reeentment from OTR and wonders when Rihanna could ever* As a Rihanna fan you cannpt talk about vocals, your fave been out a whole decade and still gets dragged for not having talent.

  18. FRESH NAVI December 3, 2014

    At least she’s giving life vocals unlike a certain aspiring legend…..
    Mariah is a Legend, her voice is clearly not what it used to be after years of belting evntually it would have give way. Just like Whitney before she died her singing was not what it was and people kept complaining.
    But at the end of the day she has hits sing em b****!
    Baddie Bey aint seeing you vocally or in the money department so sam can suck it really. Slay a bit MiMI

    • tyler December 3, 2014

      Rihanna literally sounds like a bag of cats. Are you honestly trying to come for Beyonce, when you stan for an artist who isnt even capable of hitting anything beyond 3 octaves???? Stay in your lane.

    • RCi December 4, 2014

      I HOPE ur not a Rihanna fan talking about vocals! That would be like JLo giving vocal tips to Whitney Houston.

    • Avi December 4, 2014

      Where the hell does a Rihanna fan think they get off critiquing vocals?! That’s the height of irony. Your girl is totally talentless, can’t carry a tune in a bucket with screw on top and is only famous for being a try-hard brat, yet you have the audacity to play Simon Cowell? Seriously, hush.

  19. Biatch please December 3, 2014

    Niggа please! It wasn’t bad AT ALL!

    bYE FELICIa

    Queen still making millions and more money than all your faves lmaooo

  20. Jake December 3, 2014

    She lips you shade her. She sings live and you shade her. She’s still a better vocalist than 99% of so called singers on the radio even though she was once he greatest of all. I’m not even a Mariah Stan (Madonna and dance pop is my jam) but get off her as$ constantly bc she’s not your beloved Beyonce. Bey is already looking more like Tina and youth and mass appeal won’t last forever for her either

    Mariah is a legend that has already proven herself. She’s not 19 anymore

    • RCi December 4, 2014

      But Beyonce’s flop ass has almost as much bank as ur legend? hmm

  21. Lindsay Lohan December 3, 2014

    I think it was pretty good. Merry Christmas!

  22. Porkriah fatrey December 3, 2014

    Lmao now Sam did you have to stir up the whiny cry baby Mooriah fans? the excuse they come up with are always entertaining tho.

    • FRESH NAVI December 3, 2014

      Who do you stan for babe?
      & i WIll wait

      Its so easy to try to drag people who have impacted and set the stage for youre basic faves aint it?
      LegenRIAH got these bottoms fuming….

      • Porkriah fatrey December 3, 2014

        I don’t stan for anyone but myself. That’s what’s wrong with mainstream music these days depressed bottoms gathering behind these artist like sheep, if i had to listen to cowriah the mental patient moo and yodel all over my speakers id quit listening to music.

      • TheElusiveLamb December 3, 2014

        STFU and go take your medication before you have another h***** outbreak.

  23. Haters December 3, 2014

    Grapejuice has always been shady towards mariah what new with Sam
    She sing quite well and good.. after all it LIVE!!! not pre recorded of half lip or lipping we should be proud of her when we need her to sing Live here she is giving us LIVE!! bad note or gd note it doesn’t matter we know how capable she can be and oh well she still more far better than beyonce.,rihanna Ariana or who?? at her age

  24. truthtea December 3, 2014

    Who the he** was this site listening to? This is the best she’s sounded in a long time! People will always hate on those who are far more talented than their faves are because all people care about these days is numbers and chart placement.

  25. BeyRihLiyah December 3, 2014

    this is the only site that treats Mariah like shitttt this performance wasn’t all that bad in the end she’s doing really well on tour so she’s unbothered Mariah is a #LEGEND

  26. BeyRihLiyah December 3, 2014

    bow down to the Queen of Christmas

  27. eww what is that December 3, 2014

    F****** can sit her tired ass down now, we have a younger much prettier Ariana…

  28. girlbye December 3, 2014

    Mariah could have a #1 album right now with a #1 single and flawless performances…and sam would still find something as little as mariahs nail color to nitpick on! People was dissing mariah when she was at her peak. Mariah knows how to deal with hateful drama she probably laughs at it.

  29. King Barb December 3, 2014

    at least she had her ham hocks covered up this time… God is good…

  30. Shaun December 3, 2014

    There was absolutely nothing wrong with her performance. You idiots bloggers have no freaking respect. Mariah is very in bothered uh you idiots who have something to say about her. It’s sad that this generation of ppl use social media to bring ppl down. Mariah still has her voice and her Xmas performance was fine. She’s still the best selling female artist of all time and guess what ? No one NO ONE is close to breaking her records. !!!! Ponder on that and let that marinate in your brains. Ooo also her Xmas album has recharted to the top 5 on the top 200 every year for the past 20 years. No one has done that either.

  31. Kitty December 3, 2014

    Does Mariah Carey have a clue about anything at all?

  32. ahh so December 3, 2014

    boring old shade post. waiting for the flame fest. it wasn’t that bad. neh??? every year that song tho. just like the cola thing. gotta do tho. 😀

  33. Doll December 3, 2014

    She’s a great singer who’s very good at lip syncing so she should stick to that! The live thing just have not been working out for her. What a shame…smdhh

  34. Truth December 3, 2014

    Hasbeens being hasbeens ,
    She should do a duet with Charles Barkley.

    • TheElusiveLamb December 3, 2014

      She would love to if your Mother wasn’t sucking the skin off his d***.

  35. Wendy December 3, 2014

    ouch man. I don’t know what’s worse. The blush overkill or the voice.

  36. Barbie’s World December 3, 2014

    Lookit. Mariah Carey is nearly 70 years old. The fact that she can squeeze into the dress and get on the stage is enough for us to applaud. Give her a break.

  37. tits mcgee December 3, 2014

    I enjoyed the performance. Mariah looked great as well.

    There were some issues with her falsetto, head voice, and a little with pitch, but this was not a dreadful performance, as told here…

    Even Mariah’s mediocre, is better than, her no annunciation, mini-me, so don’t even…

  38. ronnoc December 3, 2014

    It wouldn’t have been THAT terrible if she didn’t look like she was trying to pop out a kidney stone. She looks legit in pain trying to sing. Get it together mimi

  39. FutureCIARA December 3, 2014

    …… Well, Let us pray!

    • Stephy Tha Lambily December 3, 2014

      OKAY! Prayer is needed. Chile… I still love my Mariah tho

    • TheElusiveLamb December 3, 2014

      You really want to be shady?

  40. TheElusiveLamb December 3, 2014

    This was not TERRIBLE! Terrible would be that one from last year when she sick in front of Obama. (I cringed at every note.) I think she sounds mediocre & flat. She even knows it because the awkward faces her face make. When the track is playing, she’s ok, but when time for falsetto, no ma’am. It’s crazy how I already saw this coming when she suddenly canceled her performance. Something is wrong, but we’ll never know. Until we find out, we can enjoy the belts, whistles, and etc from just last month. (I know Sam enjoyed writing this article.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IYkor6sy2M&sns=em

  41. Theman December 3, 2014

    Lol. This write up is clearly way off bases.. Sam just wanted a reason to write three paragraphs about nothing.. She was actually pretty good, this performance was hardly terrible.. This article is a thorough flop.. Stop trying to be like Wendy, carrying on about nothing..

  42. Mark111 December 3, 2014

    Eh, wasn’t that bad. She just need to rearange her music to fit her today’s voice. Women voices changes in their 40’s and after having kids. AK haven’t been the same since.

  43. Sherry December 3, 2014

    No comment
    *plays Fourth Of July*

  44. Theman December 3, 2014

    P Ray for Ciara’s career..

  45. Jhenestan December 3, 2014

    She always sounds atrocious what’s new?

    • TheElusiveLamb December 4, 2014

      Your trolling will not get you off the corner my dear. 🙁

  46. That B. December 3, 2014

    She struggled more than I do walking up the stairs singing

  47. Cookie December 3, 2014

    Lady gaga sounded better.

  48. Angel December 4, 2014

    OMG YALL TRIPPIN! Where did she mess up? I watched it twice. She didn’t go into her head voice too much like in the studio recording, but never the less this was a decent performance…. maybe yall too used to beyonce stank ass tweaking on stake or nicky minag acting all dumb and s***.

  49. Danny Bey December 4, 2014

    I used to laugh at the Mimi shade but now it’s getting old and redundant. She’s had worse performances than this. At least she’s trying. and that’s all I can ask for from a diva that’s been in the game for 20+ years. She could have just used a whole backing track to lip thru like that Jodeci mess at Soul Train Awards. But she just got off an international tour and AT LEAST SHES TRYING and still working. That’s more than I can say for a lot of ither artists out today, old AND new.

  50. CICI LOVER December 4, 2014

    a hippo with a mic !!!

  51. DanYiel Teflon December 4, 2014

    Everyone knows Mariah Carey has the Voice!! She’s better then me I’d been a Britney Spears T~>Lip Sing & CARRIES ON WITHOUT JUDGEMENT!!

  52. MusicExpert December 4, 2014

    I was there live. It was extremely cold outside..shivering cold. The audience absolutely loved Mariah she got the most cheers. She actually sounded pretty good aside from a few pitch issues.

    On the other hand the audience was completely dead during Lady Gagas performance.

  53. Jamie December 4, 2014

    Anyone who laughs at this is sad. It’s never funny when someone loses something or someone dear to them.

  54. The One December 4, 2014

    If you’re going to a legit music blog, you need to first know the slightest about the subject!
    This was a decent performance especially being in the elements.
    Beyonce lip synced the “national anthem because any true singer know “cold” and singing don’t mix well.

    That hate juice is reaching as usual!

  55. (Rihanna stan that became a hive) December 4, 2014

    Mariah’s worse performance is better than your favs.In what world does a Ciara and Rihanna stan get to critique vocals.When will Rihanna stop singing through her nose and Ciara….well there is nothing there.sit down hos.

  56. Boykin December 4, 2014

    Her struggle is so real. Wrap up this career in a crystal-studded pink bow and call it done.

  57. Navy Nick December 4, 2014

    I don’t think it was so bad; you can tell she isn’t as strong as before, but she handled it very professionally.

  58. Tommie December 4, 2014

    Mariah was a legend in her time. She needs to realize, whistle tone operatic voices don’t last forever. She should know that. Her mother WAS an opera singer. Sometimes it’s just time to lay down and rest.

  59. Nath December 4, 2014

    She 44, she’s been in the game for 24 years if you played the same instrument over and over again for 24 years it would become weathered or worn! Her voice isn’t gonna sound like it did 24 years ago!! At the end of the day Mariah Carey is….MARIAH CAREY. she’s the one that more or less broke countless records single handedly. Her Christmas songs/albums are classics and will go down in history! All I Want For Christmas is You goes to number one on at least 1 chart a year because she’s a talented song wittier and singer. Yeah she hasn’t got the voice she had the early 90s because she’s used it so many time to sing songs that not many people can (i.e. Emotions) we need to cut her some slack. If she had mimed this she would of been slatted…..she sang it live and she gets slatted anyway. The poor woman can’t win whatever way!!! I’ll always be Lamb and support my queen!!!

  60. lolhart December 4, 2014

    If you’re going to shade Mariah, at least check your grammar. It’s “Arianas of this world” not “Ariana’s”.

  61. Eric December 4, 2014

    And Sam’s quest to HATE on Mariah continues smh. I thought the performance was solid. Her mid range was on-point, but she struggled with her upper register. It’s silly to compare her consistency with Arianna. Mariah has been using her voice non-stop for over 25 years.

  62. HBIC_MamaPope December 4, 2014

    I feel for Mariah. but this is no surprise, her doctors warned her about this during the ‘Butterfly/Rainbow’ era. Basically what makes Mariah Carey’s voice so special is the same thing that is going to destroy her; which is the nodules on her vocal cords. Singing through the nodules is what allows Mariah Carey to hit those high notes, but oversinging and not resting her voice enough over the past decade has really affected her voice – it’s a bit like when Adele damaged her vocal chords and had to have surgery for them. Surgery was always an option for mariah, but of course its dangerous and theres no guarantee she would be able to sing the same way.

    She can afford to retire for sure, but I know Mariah loves what she does + she really clinging onto her career to distract her separation from Nick. I hope she rests her voice enough to pull off one more album, but she must definitely stop by 50.

  63. IDGAF December 4, 2014

    Wasn’t that bad!

  64. cocobutta December 4, 2014

    She started off strong for me. The second half was not the business

    She knows this song inside out. All she need to do is switch certain notes if she not feeling she can hit em.

    Much better than last year as that was horrid from the start.

    Legend all the same so disrespectful to try disgrace her name.

  65. Ged December 4, 2014

    She sounded OK, common. Her throat might’ve been a little sore or smth. But she still pulled thru. And it was an enjoyable performance.

  66. I STAN(D) FOR TALENT December 4, 2014

    Nick Cannon is responsible for this.

  67. ummmmHuh? December 4, 2014

    umm…are you high?! Her performance was great. Loved the intro.

    Seriously, thatshadygrapejuice.net

  68. JOHNVIDAL December 4, 2014

    What the hell? Can Sam please tell us which performance was he watching? It was fine, and the mid range was very strong. She´s basically in the same shape she was a month ago in her tour only that in the New York cols, so her falseto and whispers weren´t as good as in Australia with better temperature. That´s it.
    It was great and TOTALLY live. Very very few stars of her caliber at this point of their careers can say that.

  69. JOHNVIDAL December 4, 2014

    @dossome!!!!
    Bring your ass here and read Sam cause it is hilarious how biased he is. Like seriously 🙂

  70. sleazy December 4, 2014

    yes her music will still outsell everyone we get it but poor homegirl sales wont get her those vocals back

  71. I STAN(D) FOR TALENT December 4, 2014

    This bloated frumpy b****** should retire. Her biitchy divaness caused her vocals to manifest into a life of its own. Lol bye Mimi

  72. K Bye December 4, 2014

    Looking exactly like a female p******** rather than a diva. 🙁

    • K Bye December 4, 2014

      *ped0phile*

  73. Liam December 4, 2014

    It wasn’t that bad to me…i actually enjoyed it she looks like she was having fun! We already get her voice isn’t what it use to be , I’m not a fan but the shade wasn’t really needed! oh well

  74. Eeeeeeee!!!! December 4, 2014

    …always painful to see this grandma singing as if a big black d**** stuck in her throat.

    😆

  75. ugh December 4, 2014

    I’d take this live performance any day over the prerecorded lip/sync s*** you’ll lov3 and emultate. There is no such thing as a perfect person we all have flaws and let’s face it.. Half of our favs can’t sound 1/4 as good as mc sounded here or even on her worst day. Why hate?? I stand for flaws let ppl live man.

    • Rihboy December 4, 2014

      Respect on that lip sync part. But this is really bad.

  76. Maleficent December 4, 2014

    I don’t know what all the fuggs here are talking about, she sounded pretty decent.

  77. Jeff December 4, 2014

    I think you’re crazy and just making BS press to get hits and attention. She sounded fine to me here (concrete? Really? LOL!), it may not be the recorded version but I mean HELLO! All performers may have a night that is not there best, so much comes into play rest, sleep, allergies, colds, etc. But she sounded good to me. When Mariah was Ariana’s age – there is no comparing the 2 at all. Wonder where Ariana will be in 20 years or if she’ll have the career Mariah is having. Doubt it. This is just BS because she’s on top, when you’re on top, they have to write about you to get attention, shares, likes and all that inauthentic non-sense. I’ve heard her sign live many times, she’s the real deal, always was, always will be. Those others will never come close to sales, stats, #1’s and numbers. Period the end.

  78. Rihboy December 4, 2014

    Lucifer has drained it all and given it to arianna. Terrible. She needs to stop popping pills and drinking champagne.

  79. vico December 5, 2014

    She doesn’t sound so bad, she’s been tru a lot, at least she sings live, if we compare to Britney Spears, JLo, and some others that CAN’T sing a note live, and people won’t critize or put down, why they do to Mariah!!!!! Bunch of haters, l love Mariah, im a true fan, she always be the best!!!!!! F*** what people think about her, leave her alone

  80. vico December 5, 2014

    She doesn’t sound so bad, she’s been tru a lot, at least she sings live, if we compare to Britney Spears, JLo, and some others that CAN’T sing a note live, and people won’t critize or put down, why they do to Mariah!!!!! Bunch of haters, l love Mariah, im a true fan, she always be the best!!!!!! F*** what people think about her

  81. Latanya December 6, 2014

    The FDA has just recently accepted Phytoceramides as a diatary supplement.

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