Times Square, NY – Anyone who caught Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square knows that it wasn’t the superstar’s finest moment.

Carey appeared to lip-sync and forget the words to some of her songs, but her team explained this away by telling TMZ that Dick Clark Productions sabotaged her performance by misleading her as to how well her ear-pieces would work once she hit the stage.

TMZ reports that Carey’s team claim they repeatedly complained about her faulty earpieces but that they were assured she’d be able to hear the music once she began to perform — assurances that, obviously, failed to materialize.

Dick Clark Productions has hit back, again through TMZ, to say that the suggestion DCP was to blame for the now-viral malfunction is “defamatory … outrageous and frankly absurd.” They also said that Carey passed on doing a sound check herself ahead of the show.

“In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, our initial investigation has indicated that DCP had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance.”

However, the statement did appear to strike a somewhat conciliatory note, at least.

“We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms. Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry.”

Frankly, we think that Mariah said it best herself on her own Twitter account.