A year after her disastrous performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, the 47-year-old returned on-stage to welcome 2018 with a bang. Before her second song - Hero, from 1993 - it seemed all was not well from her point of view.
At the end of the night, after she has proven why she is still a music royalty, Carey did get to sip her tea to cap off a good night and begin what could be a tremendous year ahead.
REUTERS/Stephanie KeithMariah Carey during her New Year's Eve performance in Times Square in NY on December 31, 2016.
"Well I haven't seen her yet this year, but I've seen the schedule and there is a rehearsal scheduled, and I'm sure she'll be there", host Ryan Seacrest said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday.
"Just want to take a sip of tea if they'll let me", she said. "Found my tea!" was the caption.
As a physical achievement, the result was impressive; it demonstrated that Carey still has an instrument and can still use it when she wants to. They told me there would be tea. Oh!More news: KARMA: After India Votes Against Israel, Palestinian Authority Stands With India's Enemies
Exactly a year ago, Carey also made headlines after her rather-embarrassing performance on New Year's Eve. "I'm going to be like everybody else with no hot tea". "I don't know if the idea was hers or ours, but it's a great idea, and so we're happy to have her back". After greeting the New Year at midnight, she went on to sing a rendition of Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York", which was blaring over speakers.
The word iconic gets thrown around a lot, but really.
It paid off. In a made-for-television act of pop culture redemption, her performance made it to the finish line, except for the desire for hot tea. Hours before her performance went live, Carey was spotted doing sound check on-stage.
Lumping herself with the rest of the masses huddled together for warmth on the frigid December night, Carey soldiered on like the thousands of non-millionaires in her presence and closed out 2017 in style.
But all was forgotten this time around: "I'm feeling a lot better than previous year, when I had to get my own police escort", Carey told Seacrest after he congratulated her on the broadcast.