The pop star’s live performance in front of thousands in New York’s Time Square experienced many problems as she complained of sound difficulties and struggled to sing alongside her backing vocals and track leaving her unable to hear the music.

Carey was live on the channel ABC just before midnight and began singing with Auld Lang Syne, which appeared to go smoothly however it was during her 1991 hit emotions that trouble hit.

Complaining that she could not hear anything, she did not sing for much of the track and her dancers led her through an awkward and off beat stage routine.

She told the crowd: "I want a holiday, too. Can I not have one? I'm trying to be a good sport here.”

The problems continued throughout her next song, We Belong Together where Carey lowered her microphone but could still be heard singing on a pre-recorded track.

The star who appeared visibly unhappy said "It just don't get any better," at the end of the song before abruptly leaving the stage.

Mariah Carey’s representative spoke to publication Billboard and spoke of how Carey believes the producers “set her up to fail, to score ratings”. However Dick Clark Productions said any suggestion that it would “compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.

It said technical errors can happen during live television in "very rare instances" but that an investigation indicated it had no involvement in the problems during Carey's performance.

"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," it added.

 Carey’s spokesperson Nicole Perna told Billboard: “Mariah told the production crew that her earpiece was not working in advance.”

"They told her it would be fine once she was on stage," she explained. "However, that was not the case and they were again told that her earpiece was not working. Instead of endeavouring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live."

Carey went on stage but was "flying blind", Ms Perna said. Referring to the lip syncing accusations and backing vocal track, she said, "it is not uncommon for artists to sing to track during certain live performances".

She added: "Any allegations that she planned to lip sync are just adding insult to injury."

After much public scrutiny the star took to Twitter and said: “Have a happy and healthy new year everybody, here's to making more headlines in 2017."