Dick Clark Productions rejects Mariah Carey's sabotage claim

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Dick Clark Productions is hitting back against Mariah Carey's claim that it sabotaged her live performance on its "New Year's Rockin' Eve" special.

Carey's disaster during the annual New Year's Eve special made international headlines: The superstar vocally stumbled through her short set in Times Square, 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 and afterward tweeted "(expletive) happens."

Carey representative Nicole Perna blames technical difficulties. In an interview with Billboard she said Dick Clark Productions hampered Carey's performance and "set her up to fail."

The production company calls such claims "absurd."

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