Mariah Carey apologizes for dreadful “Memorial” performance

Mariah Carey took to her Twitter account yesterday to apologize for her dreadful rendition of the Jackson 5 classic “I’ll Be There” with Trey Lorenz.

Dreadful is an understatement. Carey was absolutely horrible. She was subpar as she stumbled and faltered from the opening note. Even Trey’s soaring high notes couldn’t save her.

“Trying to sing today was basically impossible for me. I could barely keep myself from crying,” Mariah later Tweeted.

“I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to pull it together and really do it right, but I was literally choked up when I saw him there in front of me….One thing I know is, we will never really have to say goodbye to MJ. His legacy lives on through his music and the millions of people he inspired with his timeless music. He will be forever in our hearts.”


44 Responses to “Mariah Carey apologizes for dreadful “Memorial” performance”

  1. 1
    pointhimout says:

    only sandra. i didn’t think she sounded her best, but I just chalked it up to her losing her natural singing ability circa 2000. She gets points for efforts. Sandra something tells me u wouldve been sitting in the stands with ur MAC, still tryna blog with one hand and snap pictures with the other.

    the whole world was shaken up in some form. Im surprised anybody could get up there and speak. well, u know uncle Al is never at a loss for words….

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    Krysi J says:

    No biggie, its over now, she did her best…and thats all that matters. At least she performed, there are many who did not, that I certainly expected to. Overall the memorial service was great and she shouldn’t apologize, she should just be honored she was asked to attend and perform for him anyway. Like I said Michael really was a hero in many ways thru his music. How the hell do you bury and sing for Superman without shedding a single tear?

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    LadyJustice says:

    considering she was trying to keep herself from busting out in tears… i think she sounded pretty good :shrug:

    i know if i was up there i probably wouldnt be able to get out ONE single note. :heart: you Mariah

  4. 4
    yvonne79 says:

    See, Mariah KNEW she sucked too! :lmao:
    Good morning Family! It’s wonderful seeing each and every one of you back in one piece. :hug:

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    whatdoesitmatter says:

    I didn’t see tears. Her voice is not what it used to be. This isn’t the only time in recent days that she has given a suckey performance.

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    Mika79 says:

    It’s understandable…we couldn’t expect people, even celebrities to still be able to keep to the best at this time. It was a very moving moment. I personally don’t think she sounded bad…hell Stevie cracked a bit a few times, but who am I to complain…MJ FOREVER!!!

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    Anna says:

    I am not holding MC responsible for being emotional. In watching the re run it looked like she was the first to sing. First or last who would not be chocked up?

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    Daisy says:

    I still don’t think she sounded that bad. She hit a few bad notes but I still think MC has her pipes overall.

    Morning Fam!

  9. 9
    Daisy says:

    @Mika is that you and my girl Akeys in that pic? I am so LOVE HER!

  10. 10
    Mika79 says:

    Yes Daisy, one of the many pics with her…I’ll only put up our skinny pics! Ha!

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    eastpointvet says:

    yeah she can still sing but u can tell from the first opening notes she was trying hard to not cry so even though it wasnt the greatest i think seeing that casket messed up a lot of folks like even usher bust out crying when he really saw that casket

  12. 12
    Mika79 says:

    I think if I walked out and saw the casket in front of me I probably would have forgotten the words entirely…visions would have shot through my head and I would have had to gotten myself together for a bit before I started!

  13. 13
    Mika79 says:

    Anyone buying Mimi’s new album? Anyone have it yet? I think I’m going to get this one.

  14. 14
    yvonne79 says:

    @Mika: IDK,I will have to hear a few more tracks to determine if Mimi will get my $9.99. I didn’t buy the last one. Couldn’t really get into it.

  15. 15
    LadyJustice says:

    @mika, i probably wont be BUYING. i dont like that obsessed song one bit. i have all her other cds though

  16. 16
    Mika79 says:

    @ yvonne and Ladyjustice…I’ve heard Obessed…I feel like taking a chance! EEK…I’ll come back and let you know if I was duped!

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    Bird says:

    Wow, she has hella excuses. All the performers were under the exact same pressure, including the little kid that sang. The problem is Mariah is a studio artist. We have never heard her hit all those high notes live and nowadays she’s barely hitting them on her records. I’m beginning to wonder if she is a closet smoker. I have always thought she was a poser and it was proven yesterday. She shouldn’t have accepted the gig in the first place.

  18. 18
    Daisy says:

    @Mika how do you know Akeys?

    My sister will buy MCs new cd if nobody else I LOVED Emancpiation of Mimi!

  19. 19
    Daisy says:

    @Bird my gfriend just told me over the weekend that MC is smoker I told her I NEVER heard that before but she swears she smokes like a chimmney and has discussed it in the past I was like thats a new one on

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    eastpointvet says:

    ive heard her live and she hit all her notes she is probably one of the best vocalist in our day far as range of her voice how can you say she is studio lol

  21. 21
    Daisy says:

    @East thank you I wasnt going to spend energy trying to convince folks that MC can sing. Her LIVE Christmas special back in the day proved that. She can take it to church with the best of

  22. 22
    yvonne79 says:

    Mariah is a smoker? That’s crazy but explains why she isn’t hitting those notes like she used to. Bish can’t breathe

    @Daisy: Emancipation of Mimi was one of her BEST CDs. I want the OLD Mariah back. :mad:..Vision of Love..I Don’t Wanna Cry..Love Takes Time..I will even listen to her Butterfly CD (another goodie).Everything after that is PURE garbage.

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    iscream says:

    I didn’t think she was bad enough to have to apologize. Whitney has never apologized for singing the national anthem live. Sounding like a frog.

    I do think she is making excuses for a few bad notes. Which is actually bringing herself bad press. I haven’t really heard any news outlets saying how horrible she was. It was about MJ stop trying to make it about MC2.

  24. 24
    Mika79 says:

    @Daisy…if you are in the fan club… (yes I am a grown A woman in a fan club…been in it for YEARS, so is my 8 year old) whenever she has a concert, you get backstage passes to hang with her. I think that is the deal with most offices, you have to request them tho, but, whenever she’s on tour, at least once a year I see her. I got invited to the Unplugged taping but couldn’t make that one. She did fondle my son when he was in my belly tho! Ha!

  25. 25
    PAHairston says:

    Hello All. I’ve been away and missed the Rose family, which I’m only a part-time member or perhaps, not a member at all, just a visitor? Anyhoo, Mariah, whom I usually have high praises for her singing abilities, was way too busy trying to show off the 20carat ring on her right hand. She sounded so bad, I had to leave the room. Other than that, a service to remember. Around the world, his fans should be mighty proud. RIP MJ and now, let the chips fall where they may ’cause the truth can’t hide always. Peace.

  26. 26
    Anna says:

    iscream Says:

    I didn’t think she was bad enough to have to apologize. Whitney has never apologized for singing the national anthem live. Sounding like a frog.

    Ouch. We have Rih stans MC stans and Bey stans. I stan for Whit and her CD drops Sept 1. I have heard 2 leaked songs and I likey.

  27. 27
    Daisy says:

    @Mika I need to sign up ASAP for her fan club. I almost met her a few yrs back in Aruba we were at the same hotel I saw everybody (manager, personal assistant) but her.

    @Ice *popping you on the hand* Whitney has the 2nd best national anthem (after Marvin) what are you talking about over J Hud is my 3rd pick her and Whitney were both FAB! Whitney came out there that day and KILLED

  28. 28
    Daisy says:

    @Anna I am a Rihanna, TI, Maxwell(so mad I didnt know he had a deluxe cd will be going to buy another cd on lunch) and Akeys I just think MC can sing.

    I LOVE Whitney and will be getting her new cd as well can’t wait!

  29. 29
    yvonne79 says:

    I agree Whitney is THE woman. Can’t wait to hear new material from her

  30. 30
    mizzdallas says:

    Mariah is a smoker, when she first started the record executes were trying to get her to stop I think at one point she did stop smoking and when she was married to Tommy Motola he tried to make her stop smoking but of course he was controlling her at that time, but I think she is a closet smoker also, her voice change drastically over the years, and even thought MC can sing I still think she cannot sing like the “vision of love” days. Oh wells

  31. 31
    Mika79 says:

    I still rock Whitney’s Greatest Hit’s CD to this day!!!!

    Daisy…you better get on it girl before that next tour hits, sign up on the website! Maybe I’ll see you at a concert, sometimes I’m popping up all over the country!

  32. 32
    Daisy says:

    @Mika that is the only way I will go back to Essence next yr is if she is Not enough men or parties for

    Thanks for the tip cause I sure didn’t know I could have been met her as many shows as I have been

  33. 33
    katgirl33 says:

    MC didn’t sound good, and she knew it….LOL I don’t know how to sing, but I’m sure it’s hard to sing and hold in tears….a lot of them was saying they didn’t expect to see his body in there…..

    Jermaine tore it up….that’s a professional, and he did a good job through the tears….

    My boo cried like a baby through the whole thing……he is a MJ stan…LMAO Damn there broke down when Paris spoke….

  34. 34
    Mika79 says:

    Man…I skipped Essence this year for the first time in forever cause I hated the line up…I was hot. Next year better be good…I felt like a part of me was missing. And yes, AK better be there next year. She need to get on that new album!

  35. 35
    iscream says:

    Okay I posted the video in the Michael topic about abusing drugs. Waiting for Sandra to approve it. Its of Whitney at the 2006 olympics in Torino. Mizz Dallas as a Wendyneista you know you’ve heard Wendy play that audio of Whitney sounding Busted!

  36. 36
    Daisy says:

    @Mika STOP PLAYING Maxwell is what made me go to Essence this I did want to see Neyo but they had him on the wrong

  37. 37
    Daisy says:

    @Ice I was talking about the superbowl nobody thinks of this video u are referring to when Whitney singing the national anthem is the topic at Whitney tore it up at the superbowl back in the day in her She was FAB nobody was ready for her to come out and SMASH that song like she did.

  38. 38
    Bird says:

    eastpointvet Says:

    ive heard her live and she hit all her notes she is probably one of the best vocalist in our day far as range of her voice how can you say she is studio lol

    I’ll have to take your word for it. I have never been a Mariah fan. Too much air in her vocals for my taste even when she had the ability to hit those falsetto notes. What I do know is the last few times I’ve heard her live she was horrible. Just my opinion which truly doesn’t count because I have never given her a dime of my money. As long as her fans are buying it that’s all that counts.

  39. 39
    kwallace577 says:

    Dear Mariah,

    It is time to get that throak surg. over and done with. I know you think getting your nodules removed will affect your voice…but letting them stay is making it worse. Please consult with your mama the opera singer for more advice.

    Your sister in Christ,

    P.S. Glad you took my advice and indeed bought that lil gay Trey with you. He rocked it.

  40. 40
    attorneymom says:

    Okay, since it is out there. Mariah’s voice sounded like someone taking his/her nails and scratching down a black board. She has never been one of my favorites. I only like one of her songs and I can’t remember which one. She is definitely overrated. I rather hear Queen Latifah sing than Mariah. And believe me, I am no fan of Queen Latifah’s singing.

  41. 41
    kwallace577 says:

    really honestly mariah is rich enough now and has set enough record selling records to neva hafta sing again if she does not want to.

    not to mention she owns most if not all of her own publishing rights and she is a song writer. so she is skrait forever and should just retire if…
    a.) the throak surg takes away some of her octaves or
    b.) she opts to not have it.

    i am sure her (and nick) are still spending some of her tommy mottola divorce settlement money too….

  42. 42
    attorneymom says:

    @ kwallace577, I am going to translate for you. Mariah, sit your azz down. LOL

  43. 43

    Lol, this chic chokes everytime she has to sing live! I’ve been saying that for years, she just cant do it! Ive never been a fan of hers. She needs to take notes from Jennifer who did a great job,who was under more pressure than her. Teach her how to sing Jen!

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    JustSayin says:

    Marih is full of it…I’m not exactly sure when she lost it..But she no longer can sing live..She just doesn’t sound good out of the studio..Look back at any of her performances where she has sounded good and you will notice it’s a track…Check out ANY live vocal performance in the last few years and she sounds just like she did yesterday..A mess. Blaming it on emotions? Try again Mariah.


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