Mariah Carey ended 2016 with a whimper, so when everyone found out that she would be returning for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest to help say goodbye to 2017, the world couldn’t help but be wary. But silly us. If anyone can mount an epic comeback to make us all swoon, it’s Mariah. And in true Mimi style, she slayed it like the true diva she is, but not without making some demands first — and one demand was never met.
“Just want to take a sip of tea if they’ll let me,” Mariah said, between songs. “They told me there would be tea.”
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a drop of it in sight.
Mariah Carey asking for hot tea during her NYE performance pic.twitter.com/IHOxdCoIke
— mariah carey archive (@mariaharchive) January 1, 2018
Ultimately, she told the crowd she’d “rough it” through the disaster without her hot beverage, thus birthing the first meme of the new year.
And now the Mariah Carey hot tea will be the first meme of 2018. pic.twitter.com/wN4KITyBlj
— Milmiskew (@Milmiskew) January 1, 2018
The first meme of 2018 is Mariah Carey demanding hot tea before her performance lmao pic.twitter.com/ZPrDaCem8i
— Faith Almighty (@faith__almighty) January 1, 2018
That feeling when you steal Mariah Carey’s hot tea. pic.twitter.com/l1s7YNAIoh
— ehadleystone (@artobsessed622) January 1, 2018
If Mariah Carey can make it through that performance without her hot tea, then I can make it through another year
— jaden (@jadenalana) January 1, 2018
The first time life throws you a curve in 2018 just remember: Mariah Carey made it through without her hot tea. You can make it through too.
— Jason Pederson (@KATVJason) January 1, 2018
— Michelle Deal (@MichelleDealZim) January 1, 2018
In spite of the frigid temperatures and broken promise for tea, Carey put on quite the show, making us forget the trainwreck of New Year’s Eve 2016. She opened with “Vision of Love,” which wasn’t great, but considering the wind chill, she gets a pass. But by the time she got to “Hero,” the second of her two-song set, she was our hero.
And don’t worry, Mimi eventually got her tea.
Found my tea! 🍵 pic.twitter.com/r5EIIbT5Zw
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 1, 2018
The main takeaway from this? Mimi doesn’t need hot tea to get the job done. She might not like to walk from her bedroom to her bathroom, and needs a dozen people to help her put on a pair of stilettos, but her voice is so magical, it can overcome even the most challenging conditions. May the rest of Mariah’s 2018 be fantastic, and filled with lots and lots of hot tea.
Want to hear what Mariah had to say about her disastrous New Year’s Eve performance in 2016? Then take a peak at the video below.