Singer Mariah Carey has been called out by fans after a video went viral that showed her using a teleprompter to remember the lyrics to her hit song All I Want for Christmas.
The 52-year-old singer returned to the 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, closing the parade with her hit Christmas song.
She gave an elaborate festive show surrounded by dancers in matching marching outfits and her twins, Morocco and Monroe, 11 — which officially kicked off the holiday season in New York and across the US.
But one TikToker member, Sydney Barenas (Mohr), who was at the show, noticed that a giant screen — out of view from the cameras, but directly in Carey’s field of vision — displayed the lyrics as Carey sang and decided to post the scene online Friday.
“Yeah, Mariah Carey uses a teleprompter for the lyrics to her most famous song at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade,” she captioned the video, which has since been viewed more than 5.6 million times.
The video came just a day after the singer – who calls herself the Queen of Christmas – was accused of lip-synching the short Christmas trip.
Mariah Carey, 52, returned to the 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, closing the parade with her hit Christmas song
Sidney Barenas (Mohr) notices that a giant screen—out of sight from the cameras, but directly in Carey’s field of vision—is projecting lyrics while Carey sings.
Fans online were quick to point out that Carey’s flawless vocals sounded extremely similar to the recorded version of the 1994 track.
One fan wrote, “Mariah Carey’s lip sync always sends me off because it’s so blatant. As if she’s not trying to hide it.
Another wrote: “So @MariahCarey don’t sing anymore? Smh” while a third wrote: “I wish I could get paid to stand up and sound lip-synced to cute like Mariah Carey… that girl didn’t sing a single note.”
Another fan wrote: “And here it is, ladies and gentlemen!” Self-proclaimed Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey. …and yeah, I think it syncs with her lips.
One fan added, “Mariah Carey is lip syncing. What a shocker,” while another wrote: “What an amazing performance from #MariahCarey, totally LIVE!! lol.”
Fans have already berated Carey online after performing the song’s lip-syncing
The star’s performance saw a cameo appearance by her twins, who danced behind her in Christmas boxes.
And she wrote on Instagram: Happy Thanksgiving!!! So grateful and proud of my beautiful boys Rock and Roo, and grateful for the woman and for life’s precious moments. Now it’s real time!!!
Her lover, Brian Tanaka, commented: “Best performance of the year!!!”
The festive ceremony came just days after Carey was barred from being named the “Queen of Christmas.”
The 52-year-old songwriter carried a bejeweled umbrella as she headed to the stage on Thursday.
But the performance came just days after Carey was denied the title of “Queen of Christmas” by festive singer Elizabeth Chan in a historic victory.
She had filed to trademark the phrase in March 2021 — a move that angered festive singers Chan, 42, and Darlene Love, 81, with the former going to court to try to block Carey.
The United States Trademark Tribunal and Appeals Board ultimately ruled against Carey’s attempt to trademark the name “Queen of Christmas”. She also rejected and denied Carey’s simultaneous attempts to trademark “Princess Christmas” and “QOC”.
He was such a singer She applied for the exclusive right to use the titles for everything from music to perfume to sunglasses and even coconut milk — perpetually and globally.
In response to the decision, Chan saidChristmas is the season of giving, not the season of taking, and it is wrong for one to attempt to possess and monopolize a pseudonym like the Queen of Christmas for the purposes of loathsome materialism.
As a freelance artist and small business owner, it’s my life’s work to bring people together this holiday season, which is why I’ve been called the Queen of Christmas.
I wear this title as a badge of honor and with full knowledge that it is – and must – be bestowed on others in the future.
My goal in going into this fight was to stand up to brand bullying, not only to protect myself, but also to protect future Christmas Queens.
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