She continued, "They told me there would be tea!"
Extremely pleased with Mariah's performance, a slew of Twitter users congratulated the songstress for a job well done. "I just want to take a sip of tea if they'll let me - they told me there would be tea", she told the crowd. Okay, well, we'll just have to rough it.
Host Ryan Seacrest asked Carey how she felt following her performance to which she replied, "I'm feeling a lot better than a year ago, when I had to get my own police escort".
In 2016 Carey received criticism over the controversial performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Before her second song - Hero, from 1993 - it seemed all was not well from her point of view.
Yes, Carey was forced to join the legions of commoners in attendance at her gig and suffer through the show without a hot beverage.
She didn't get her hot tea, but she did get her act together - and what a disappointment that turned out to be.
We didn't have a sound check for this New Year's baby, it is what it is...
One thing that wasn't missing: Carey's boyfriend, Bryan Tanaka. May the rest of Mariah's 2018 be fantastic, and filled with lots and lots of hot tea.
This time, in contrast, she was offering technique alone, which left too little space for the freewheeling attitude that truly distinguishes her.