Celine Dion’s fans are showing their loyalty to the singer in an important way.
On Friday, fans lined up outside the Rolling Stone office building in New York City with signs to protest the magazine’s decision not to include the “My Heart Will Go On” singer in their updated list of the “200 Greatest Singers”. all time”.
In the video, fans can be seen holding signs that read, “Justice for Celine,” “It’s all coming back to you now,” “Rolling Stone is stoned,” and “Celine isn’t just Anymooore.”
The fans are reportedly members of a Celine Dion fan club called The Redheads and are based in Montreal, Canada. The group traveled from the far north to show support for the Grammy Award-winning singer.
The list was originally published on January 1 and has been met with much controversy.
“Anyone who not only mentions Celine Dion, but also doesn’t put her in the top 5 best female singers has nothing to write for a music organization. This list is full of disrespect for artists who can actually sing,” one social media user wrote.
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At the beginning of the article, Rolling Stone wrote, “Curved by our staff and key contributors, this new list spans 100 years of pop music as an ongoing global conversation.” The decisions were based on “originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog and the breadth of their musical legacy”.
The magazine also told readers, “Before you start scrolling (and commenting), keep in mind that this is the list of the best singers, not the list of the best voices.”
“Talent is impressive; genius is transcendent,” they wrote. “Certainly, many of the people here were born with huge pipes, perfect pitch and limitless range. Others have rougher, weirder or more delicate instruments.”
Twitter immediately erupted with anger at the outlet’s choice not to include Dion, with one reader saying, “Look…you can argue that Celine Dion’s music isn’t your cup of tea and that’s fair. You You can argue that Celine’s songs are now irrelevant in today’s Billie Eilish generation and that’s fair too. But to say Celine Dion isn’t one of the greatest female singers of all time is unbelievable.”
One called Dion’s omission from the list “borderline insidious” and called her “the greatest vocal engineer of all time.” Another stated: “If we only go by the definition of vocal ability, then not having Celine Dion is objectively incorrect and has nothing to do with taste. If we go by sound, you would still be wrong. Ergo , there are a few headscratchers with rankings, inclusions and omissions.”
Artists deemed worthy by Rolling Stone to be named the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time include Billie Eilish, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Wanda Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Bono, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Ozzy Osbourne and others.
Dion has yet to comment on the listing, with the star recently sharing a compilation of her performance of “My Heart Will Go On” over the years.
In December 2022, Dion revealed in an emotional video that she was diagnosed with the incurable neurological condition Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), which she says “affects about one in a million people”.
“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know it’s the cause of all the spasms I’ve had,” Dion said in her video. “Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulty walking and preventing me from using my vocal cords to sing like I used to.”
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The Cleveland Clinic described the syndrome as “a rare autoimmune movement disorder that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). People with this condition first experience a stiffening of the muscles of their trunk, followed, over time, by the development of stiffness and stiffness in the legs and other muscles in the body.”
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Dion announced that she will not be able to continue her European tour, which she would resume in February. She also shared that she works with a “sports medicine therapist every day to build (her) strength and my ability to perform again”, which is “what (she) loves to do”.