Mariah Carey was "furious" after discovering she would be seated for the inauguration of new U.S. President Barack Obama at Tuesday's (20Jan09) ceremony - because she was convinced organisers would allow her onstage.
The Hero hitmaker attended the swearing-in and later wowed crowds at The Neighborhood Ball celebration that evening, which also saw performances by Mary J. Blige and Beyonce Knowles.
But singer was left disappointed after being told she would have to sit down for the event, as she thought she would be standing with Obama on the podium, according to reports.
A source tells New York gossip column PageSix.com, "Mariah was in the VIP area, where every celebrity, like Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen, was seated.
"But somehow she thought she'd be up with the Obama family. When she realised she wasn't, she bailed."