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Mariah CareyPerhaps the journalists who criticized Mariah's performance should get their ears checked or at least stop using the reactions of select celebrity audience members to determine the quality of a performance. The majority of the live audience in Las Vegas who heard Mariah Carey sing her new song "Infinity" responded with resounding applause.

I watched the performance on the televised show and listening through a good quality sound system, the singing was good. It was on pitch even though you could tell, by her placing her hand by her ear several times, that Mariah couldn't always hear herself well. She had excellent backing singers and all the harmonies worked, so what's the problem?

There was no problem so the journalists create controversy and critical comments based upon the fact that maybe a celebrity audience member was responding to a text message on her phone or another one looked less than enthusiastic during applause. Well, maybe the text message was from a babysitter relaying important information about a child or the less than enthusiastic celebrity was just envious or had a bad day. Who cares.

Let's give credit where credit is due and disregard the unfounded harrassment from journalists trying to imply issues that don't exist. The point is that Mariah Carey is a very talented singer and her 2015 Billboard Awards show performance was excellent. She has recovered her voice nicely from the off-pitch live performances of last year. She deserves to be respected and admired.

Comments

  1. Harriet Schock on May 18, 2015 at 6:23 PM said:
    Well said, Jeannie Deva. Just because she chooses to sing a song in the range of a normal human instead of up where only dogs can here like she used to doesn't mean she's lost her voice. She sounds great.
  2. Soraya on May 18, 2015 at 6:37 PM said:
    I couldn't agree more!! Amazing article!
  3. Fred on May 18, 2015 at 6:50 PM said:
    Have you seen this http://popcrush.com/mariah-carey-isolated-vocals-all-i-want-for-christmas-is-you-video/ ? This is a "very talented singer"?
  4. Tricia on May 18, 2015 at 7:13 PM said:
    AMEN! ☺️
  5. Gail Caryn on May 18, 2015 at 9:14 PM said:
    I'm glad you wrote this blog. I can't agree that the performance was spot on - there were a lot of pitchy moments. However, we all have bad days at work when we're not at 100%. Most of us don't have to stumble in front of millions and get slammed by the media for it. I think compassion is the appropriate response when someone is struggling. Mariah Carey's is clearly one of the greatest voices in pop music. She had trouble hearing herself and was suffering from bronchitis, so she gave a less-than-stellar performance. That doesn't mean she's washed up!
  6. Sandy A. on May 19, 2015 at 12:03 AM said:
    I totally agree. Any perceptible flaws could be traced to the fact that she has been battling bronchitis which came from an upper respiratory infection--which can affect the larynx and the middle and even inner ear. Just last week, Roger Daltrey admitted that because of chronic bronchial asthma affecting his voice, his doctor insists he be on vocal rest every other day and therefore not sing on consecutive days. As an asthma and allergy sufferer, been there, done that. I’m totally rooting for both of them.
  7. Julius Dilligard, Jr. on May 19, 2015 at 7:17 AM said:
    Hooray! A true artist has spoken.
  8. Anonymous on May 19, 2015 at 5:28 PM said:
    Possibly my favorite blog post yet! My takeaway is that perhaps rather than comparing Mariah to what she used to be capable of, compare her performance to the rest of the vocal crap on TV nowadays. ;) "the less than enthusiastic celebrity was just envious or had a bad day. Who cares." <-- LOL!
  9. Brian on May 20, 2015 at 6:42 AM said:
    Maybe the part where she sang Infinity was good but the part where she sang Vision Of Love was terrible, so I think with that terrible first few seconds people wasn't even paying attention to the other song.
  10. Jeannie Deva on May 20, 2015 at 12:34 PM said:
    Thanks to everyone for your comments. I didn't know about the bronchitis. "Infinity" was the better song in the medley. It is also possible that when Mariah placed her hands near her ears she was signaling the sound man to adjust her ear monitor mix. She is a talented artist and a professional who knows how to ride over any bumps in a performance.
  11. Music on August 17, 2015 at 8:12 AM said:
    I do agree that she sounds good at billboard, but "infinity" is LIPSYNCH and people are not really criticizing her about her bad moments but her habitual lipsycnching...there are many singers out there who are sick and yet never lip and able to pull off a performance...Although lipsynching is unavoidable in a very rare circumstances, it should not be a habit and should never be regarded as being professional...a real singer sings her hearts out and people are forgetting that.
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