By Ken Tucker
Updated July 09, 2009 at 05:27 AM EDT

Mariah Carey apologized for her performance at yesterday’s Michael Jackson memorial, saying she “wasn’t able to pull it together and really do it right,” and that she was “sorry.” She made the comments via her Twitter page. Check out her version of “I’ll Be There” and I’ll tell you why I think she’s being too hard on herself:Mariah Carey sing at Michael Jackson The Memorial Concert
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I don’t think Carey has anything to apologize for. In fact, at a time when so many singers are trying for the kind of note-for-note “perfection” that shows like American Idol have convinced too much of the population is the way singers should sound, I found Carey’s emotionally jagged performance all the more moving. Indeed, this is what first-rate pop singing is truly about: emotion expressed through the grain of the voice, not impeccable, often sterile, pitch and timbre.

Do you think Carey should have apologized?

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