The production company behind the botched New York New Year's Eve special has hit back at Mariah Carey's claim that it sabotaged her live performance.
The pop diva's disaster during the New Year's Rockin' Eve event made international headlines when she vocally stumbled through her short set, failing to sing for most of it despite a pre-recorded track of her songs playing in the background.
Carey was visibly upset during the performance.
Her representative, Nicole Perna, blamed technical difficulties. "She was not winging this moment and took it very seriously," Ms Perna said. "A shame that production set her up to fail."
Ms Perna said Carey's earpiece was not working and she flagged the issue to the production team but was told it would be OK when she got on stage.
"However, that was not the case, and they were again told that her earpiece was not working," Ms Perna said.
But in a statement, the production company called the claims "absurd".
"As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists," it said.
"To suggest that DCP (Dick Clark Productions), as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year's Rockin' Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd."