Mariah Carey felt ''vilified'' after her disastrous New Year's Eve (31.12.16) performance.

The 'Hero' hitmaker was left embarrassed during the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest telecast after her performance was plagued by technical difficulties and she admitted that the criticism was tough to deal with.

She said: ''I didn't obsess over the New Year's Eve thing. I mean, I was upset about the fact that people didn't understand, but it's like, I can only explain it like this to you.

''It's like I'm the only one that has to make five million comebacks... For me there are different rules, I don't know why. I don't know why it's not OK that I was just victimised and vilified by the situation.''

Mariah, 46, also admitted that staying relevant in the music industry for over 20 years has not always been easy.

She said: ''It's very difficult, especially the way the business is now. I truly love music and always have. It's not like ... ''Oh, here's a way to get famous.'' It wasn't any of those things. It was my release, it was my everything and it still is. So I think that I'm just grateful that people still tune in.''

Meanwhile, Mariah is currently preparing to hit the road with Lionel Richie for the 'All the Hits' tour which runs from March 15 to May 27 and her children, five-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, will join her.

She said: ''Roc and Roe do get to come. They love to go onstage and actually they are very musical already.

''They have their school, and they have their teacher. They are doing really well but they don't love the school, let's just put it that way. But they are happy when they get to go with me on tour and there's other kids there, too, so it's good.''