Mariah Carey's Ex-Choreographer Anthony Burrell Explains Diva's Recent Performance Fails: “She …

So, what’s going on with Mariah Carey? By now, we’ve all seen the viral video of Mariah barely going through motions, let alone “Emotions.” The diva’s former choreographer is giving us a little insight as to why she’s checked out during recent performances and he says Mariah just doesn’t give a fuck anymore.

In an interview with Complex, Mariah’s former lead choreographer and creative director Anthony Burrell—who has worked a number of big name artists like Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Brandy, just to name a few—says his former boss’ star quality is fading because she simply no longer wants to be onstage.

“It’s just typical Mariah. Mariah is clear: when she doesn’t wanna do something, she doesn’t do it. She’s performing with lackluster and no fucks given, and it’s taking away her star.”

Me doing the absolute bare minimum at work today #monday

— Halo Carterr. (@Halocarterr) July 17, 2017

Burrell worked for Mariah for four years before abruptly being fired shortly after the singer’s disastrous New Year’s Rockin’ Eve performance (if you can even call it that) in December 2016. He says it was somewhat of a challenge working the diva because she’s a singer first and foremost, not a dancer. Yet, he attempted to push her out of her comfort zone.

“Working with an artist like Mariah, who’s not a mover first, it’s always a challenge to get them to think physically and not just vocally. You always have to keep in mind that they’re a singer first. The priority is not teaching them 100 counts of 8, or endless routines.

“I wanted to give Mariah a modern push to revamp her, give her a fresher, more modern feel, make her more aware of her body and her lines, and not look like her feet hurt when she’s walking.”

Over time, Mariah came to trust Burrell and his creative/artistic vision. However, since parting ways in January, Burrell believes Mariah no longer has a team of people she can trust or that even has her best interests at heart.

“You’re a legend, but you don’t care, your team doesn’t care. They’re not guiding and directing her. She’s back to where she was before. It’s not like she’s never looked this bad before; I just stepped her game up.”

In fact, Burrell candidly revealed that Mariah’s team has been failing her for quite some time.

“It felt like they were so new at their jobs, and had no direction. When you’re green, you’re playing things by trial and error, and there were a lot of errors. I was very vocal about things that weren’t right.

When you try to take a shortcut and you don’t know the clues, you’re bound to get f**ked up or screwed, because you don’t have the experience of running a tour or a billion-dollar empire. Some of the dancers her team hired are great dancers, but they’re not choreographers or creative directors.”

Mariah completed her Vegas residency at Caesars Palace over the summer and is currently embarking on her All the Hits tour with Lionel Richie.

Even in her prime, Mariah wasn’t giving Beyoncé-type choreography, but what she did serve was vocals. Nowadays, it seems like she even phones that in and her Lambs definitely deserve more.

Mariah Carey really two performances away from just taking a nap on stage

— OJ Enabosi ??? ?? (@mrohsowreqless) July 26, 2017

If we take into consideration the tea Burrell just spilt, maybe our favorite diva hasn’t lost the joy of performing, but just needs a better team to guide her. And a break to recharge wouldn’t hurt either.


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JAY-Z Breaks Silence About Infamous Elevator Fight With Beyonce's Sister Solange

JAY-Z finally opened up about his controversial and violent clash with Beyonce's sister Solange at the 2014 Met Gala party.

On Friday, the 47-year-old rap mogul discussed different issues in his life and career during an hour-long podcast interview with the Rap Radar. JAY-Z did not hold back in sharing his side of the story, including the infamous elevator fight with Solange.

Although the rapper did not give specific details on what sparked the argument and how it escalated to a physical fight, he confirmed that it was the only time they had a disagreement and haven't fought since.

The father of three also reiterated that he's always had a great relationship with his wife's sister, adding that Solange is not just his sister-in-law but her sister.

“We've had one disagreement. Before and after, we've been cool. That's my sister. Not my sister-in-law, no, my sister. Period.”

Proving that the elevator fight with Solange was already a thing of the past, JAY-Z quipped about the incident during the interview and expressed his admiration to his sister-in-law's music.

“I think we went into the elevator as great artists. I've always loved Solange's music; I thought she was slept on until this last album [“A Seat at the Table.”] I think Bey made an incredible album before, a hundred of them.”

JAY-Z claims that he only had one rare disagreement with Solange. [Image by Christopher Polk/Getty Images]

To recall, JAY-Z and Solange were engaged in a physical altercation while inside an elevator. According to reports, the trio attended a Met Gala after-party at the Standard Hotel in New York when it all went down.

In a surveillance video obtained by TMZ, Solange can be seen ferociously attacking JAY-Z, wildly kicking and swinging at him inside the elevator. Beyonce can also be seen standing next to the rapper without getting physically involved.

The fight became so intense that a bodyguard had to step in and hold back Solange, who continues to strike JAY-Z. The rapper, on the other hand, did not attempt to strike her back.

Eventually, the group exits the elevator and leaves the venue — Beyonce and Solange in the same car while security walks JAY-Z in a different one.

To this date, it remains unclear what really caused the violent fight. Despite the lack of information, Beyonce did address the incident by releasing a statement, claiming that the “family has worked through it.”

Beyonce even brought up the controversial feud in the remix version of her hit song “Flawless,” saying, “Of course, sometimes s— go down when there's $1 billion on an elevator.”

JAY-Z also appeared to make a public apology to Solange on his new song “Kill Jay Z.”

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