There was a rare Mariah Carey sighting on Thanksgiving Day, as the popular singer appeared in the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after a seven-year absence.
But all was not well in the eyes of some viewers, as the “Queen of Christmas, as Carey has anointed herself, appeared to be lip-syncing as she performed her iconic tune “All I Want for Christmas.”
Flanked by dancers, Carey was rather motionless standing under an umbrella in a flowing reddish-pink dress, the ensemble topped off with a sparkling tiara. As she belted out the lyrics, viewers noticed that her vocals were TOO good — like as good as the original 1995 track. What’s more, in the eyes of some, the pop star wasn’t doing a very good job of lip-singing.
merry christmas from mariah carey! pic.twitter.com/QZ3xpojpgw
— Vulture (@vulture) November 24, 2022
There was a cameo appearance by Carey’s twins during the performance, who were seen dancing behind her in Christmas boxes.
The singer would take to Twitter to offer this, “Grateful and so proud of my beautiful kids Roc and Roe, grateful for the lambily and for the precious moments in life.”
What’s clear from Thursday’s performance is that for some, Mariah Carey can do no wrong:
Respect to Mariah Carey for not even pretending not to lip sync
— Andy Kalmowitz (@andy_witz) November 24, 2022
At the same time, singer John Legend offered a 2018 defense to those who lip sync while performing in Thanksgiving Day parades, tweeting: “Fun fact. We all have to lip sync on this parade because the floats don’t have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance. Hope y’all enjoyed it anyway. Know that if you come to my shows, the vocals are 100% live!”
Fun fact. We all have to lip sync on this parade because the floats don’t have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance. Hope y’all enjoyed it anyway. Know that if you come to my shows, the vocals are 100% live! https://t.co/C2bGj63AF6
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 22, 2018
Then again, there’s this 2014 footage of Mariah Carey’s vocals ONLY performing “All I Want for Christmas” at Rockefeller Center, New York, N.Y.
Social media being what it is, folks were quick to comment on Thursday’s performance… here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
Are we supposed to act like Mariah Carey isn’t lip syncing in the Thanksgiving day Parade? Never understood why they do that shit
— Nickspicks ⚡️ (@Nickthepicker) November 24, 2022
Mariah Carey lip syncing always SENDS me cuz it’s so blatant. Like she doesn’t even try to hide it.
— Thot $hit (@HotBoyMatt92) November 24, 2022
I wish I could get paid to stand and look cute lip syncing like Mariah Carey… that chick sang not one note.
— Zaire Makel (@ZaireMakel) November 24, 2022
So @MariahCarey don’t sing foreal anymore? Smh
— Druw with a u (@Druwiam) November 24, 2022
Mariah Carey lip syncing in place with this umbrella at 78% energy while her dancers perform like their lives hang in the balance on the Thanksgiving Parade is pure CAMP!!
— Ryan (@Lindyyy777) November 24, 2022
the stage manager of the macy’s day parade must be trying to make a viral meme with how often he’s closing in on mariah carey’s face because her lip syncing is so comical it’s cringe meanwhile these dancers are GIVING and we’re missing most of it!!!!
— jenny from the block (@jen_ledesma) November 24, 2022
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