82nd Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Mariah Carey Sings Live at Rockefeller Tree Lighting

04 Dec 2014

Diva given second chance after earlier recording was axed

After disappointing crowds just a day before, Mariah Carey was given a second chance to sing her Christmas classic, All I Want for Christmas is You, at Wednesday’s Rockefeller tree lighting ceremony in New York. The previous day, the diva had been axed from the line-up after she reportedly showed up late. The singer had been due to pre-record a performance on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's free outdoor concert to celebrate the lighting of New York City's iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. But according to TMZ.com, fans and executives at network NBC reportedly waited for hours for Carey to appear to record her segment before she finally arrived more than three hours late.

Carey was allegedly ready to perform her festive classic, but annoyed NBC officials axed her entire appearance and told her to go home. Reports suggest Carey was late because she had become too engrossed in sorting out property details with her lawyer regarding her recent split from husband Nick Cannon. The star tweeted, "Last night's situation was beyond my control. I apologize to all that showed up, you know that I would never want to disappoint you."

Luckily for the Hero hit-maker, she was given a reprieve and offered a spot during the live broadcast so she could make it up to fans, who had waited in the cold and rain on Tuesday in anticipation of the diva's performance.

The annual tree lighting has become a NYC tradition, with more than 45,000 lights on the 85-ft tree. Other stars on the line-up included Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Idina Menzel and LeAnn Rimes.