Updated 12:44 AM EST, Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Idina Menzel Defends 'Let It Go' NYE Performance: 'I'm More Than the Notes I Hit,' Says Broadway Star

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Idina Menzel sparked controversy on the Internet after her performance in Times Square for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on Wednesday night, where she sang her hit "Frozen" song "Let It Go."

According to E! Online, the Broadway star didn't hit a high note of the track, which ultimately disappointed many viewers who then aired their comments online. Various netizens poked fun on Menzel and how she ended up screaming the high note. But some fans also defended the singer, "applauding her otherwise amazing performance," Time reports.

Watch Menzel's "Let It Go" performance below.

As what was probably intended by some, Menzel knew about the criticisms regarding her performance. She responded to the detractors by using her Twitter account, tweeting: "This is something I said in an interview a few months ago." The post was also accompanied by an image showing how the Broadway diva defines success, E! Online noted.

The text in the photo reads: "There are about 3 million notes in a two-and-a-half-hour musical; being a perfectionist, it took me a long time to realize that if I'm hitting 75 percent of them, I'm succeeding. Performing isn't only about the acrobatics and the high notes: It's staying in the moment, connecting with the audience in an authentic way, and making yourself real to them through the music," Menzel stated.

"I am more than the notes I hit, and that's how I try to approach my life. You can't get it all right all the time, but you can try your best. If you've done that, all that's left is to accept your shortcomings and have the courage to try to overcome them," the "Let It Go" hitmaker explained further.

E! Online pointed out that an outdoors location such as the Times Square isn't a suitable venue to perform a belt-out song like "Let It Go." The chilly temperature probably didn't help either, and, as Cinema Blend noted, "it's hard for musicians to hear themselves and the accompaniment" while performing in the open in that kind of weather.

Menzel also performed the song numerous times before: during the Academy Awards a few months ago, opposite Jennifer Nettles in the CMA Country Christmas concert, and on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Cinema Blend reports.

The singer will also once again voice the ice queen Elsa for the "Frozen" short film which will come out on March, 13, 2015.

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