Mariah Carey Performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live: Did She Redeem Herself?

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Mariah Carey returned to the scene of her biggest crime on Wednesday night.

In a manner of speaking.

About six weeks ago, the legendary artist made a fool out of herself in Times Square, stumbling through a performance on New Year's Eve as the result of some technical difficulties...

... along with some lazy practice habits and a seeming lack of knowledge when it came to her own song lyrics.

In the aftermath of this debacle, Carey's team floated this weird conspiracy theory about how she was set up to fail by producers.

Mariah Carey on Jimmy Kimmel Live

"I came to New Year’s Eve in New York in great spirits and was looking forward to a celebratory moment with the world,” Carey said in a nearly two-minute audio recording posted to her Twitter page afterwards, adding:

“It’s a shame that we were put into the hands of a production team with technical issues, who chose to capitalize on circumstances beyond our control."

It was a nightmare all around for the singer.

But Mariah was back on a stage to try her vocal chords once again this week, appearing as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

With help from rapper YG, Carey belted out a rendition of latest ballad, "I Don't," in front of a sold-out studio audience; the track was inspired by the star's public and ugly split from Australian billionaire James Packer.

Rocking a curve-hugging and plunging red gown that flaunted her cleavage in a major way, Carey taunted Packer via such lines as you “probably think I’m coming back, but I don’t, I don’t.”

As for how she actually sounded in her return to live performing?

Stop. Watch. And listen for yourself:

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Mariah Carey Quotes

I'm in love with my dog. He is my special someone. I love spending time with him.

Mariah Carey

We really do feel we are soulmates. I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me.

Mariah Carey [on Nick Cannon]