Queen Latifah defends Mariah Carey’s disastrous performance: ‘It happens’

Queen Latifah speaks on the “Star” panel at the FOX portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(2017 Invision)

Pasadena, Calif. – Queen Latifah is with the defense of her fellow diva.

She told FOX411 she can understand how Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve fiasco performance happened.

“Yes, it happens, it happens for sure,” she explained. “It seems very simple, but if you have a huge crowd around you, you’re using earbuds to hear, and you really can’t hear. They are a kind of noise-cancelling headphones, you know. So if they go out you can hear nothing and everything is in motion around you.”

The 46-year-old shared her own on-stage horror story with us.

“I was performing at The Apollo and The Apollo, of course, is a place where you can get booed off of the stage and the turntables went… the whole system went out,” she said with a laugh. “Fortunately, MC Hammer had this commercial at the time where he was drinking a Pepsi and it changed his voice, and he began with the singing of this jazz song, and I sang the same song, and the people were dying of laughter.”

Latifah is currently promoting her latest show, ” Star.” At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, she said the show sends a positive message.

“I think this show is an empowerment show for everyone, not just young women… young men, young women, HETEROSEXUAL, you know,” she said. “The most important thing always for me is to love yourself… and God in your life and to love yourself. Don’t hate yourself. Do not tear yourself down because the people who like myself tend to work on their self-esteem and try to do the right things and make good decisions, and people who are not so good about themselves can often be very bad decisions for their own lives.”

“The stars” airs on Wednesday nights on FOX.

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