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Mariah Carey apologises to fans after Christmas drama at Rockefeller Center

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Mariah Carey

took to Twitter to apologise this week after

failing to turn up at the Rockefeller Center

to tape her performance for the

annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony

. Mariah was scheduled to appear on Tuesday evening to

pre-record All I Want For Christmas

ahead of Wednesday’s live show – but after hours of waiting, event organisers were

forced to send fans home

without seeing the star.

Mariah Carey © Photo: Getty Images
Mariah Carey performed live at Wednesday's ceremony after missing her pre-recording

According to


, Mariah was at her New York hotel on the phone to her lawyers discussing her

impending divorce from Nick Cannon

. "

Last night's situation was beyond my control

," the songstress explained on her Twitter account. "I apologise to all that showed up, you know that I would never want to disappoint you.

Mariah Carey apologised to fans on Twitter

"You've kept me here, in your hearts, and I keep you in mine always." She later posted a photo of herself getting ready for the event. Missing Tuesday's pre-recording meant Mariah made her appearance the following day,

performing live

at the lighting ceremony. She didn't disappoint. Glamorous in a plunging red gown that clung to her curves, she sang her famous single to a crowd of thousands as she opened the festive extravaganza.

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