Celine Dion’s fans are showing their loyalty to the singer in a big way.
On Friday, fans held signs outside Rolling Stone’s New York City office building to protest the magazine’s decision not to include the “My Heart Will Go On” singer in its updated list of the “200 Greatest Singers of 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 is not alone Anymooore.”
The fans are reportedly members of a Celine Dion fan club called The Redheads and live in Montreal, Canada. The group traveled from the far north to show their support for the Grammy Award-winning singer.
The list was originally published on January 1 and was met with much controversy.
“Anyone who not only mentions Celine Dion but doesn’t include her in the top 5 greatest female singers has nothing to do with writing a music organization. This list is filled with disrespect for artists who can actually sing,” wrote one social media user.
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At the beginning of its article, Rolling Stone wrote, “Crafted 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 heritage”.
The magazine also told readers, “Before you start scrolling (and commenting), remember that this is the list of the greatest singers, not the list of the greatest voices.”
“Talent is impressive; Genius is transcendent,” they wrote. “Sure, a lot of the people here were born with massive pipes, perfect pitch and limitless range. Others have rougher, weirder, or more delicate instruments.”
Twitter immediately erupted in anger at the outlet’s decision not to include Dion, with one reader saying, “Look… you can argue that Celine Dion’s music isn’t your thing and that’s fair. You can argue that Celine’s songs are irrelevant in today’s Billie Eilish generation, and that’s fair too. But to say Celine Dion isn’t one of the greatest singers of all time is incredible.”
One called it “borderline treacherous” to remove Dion from the list and called her “the greatest vocal technician of all time.” Another explained: “If we go by the bare definition of vocal ability then not having Celine Dion is objectively wrong and would have nothing to do with taste. If we go by Klang, you’d still be wrong. Ergo, there are some headscratchers with rankings, inclusions and omissions.”
Artists considered worthy of being named by Rolling Stone as 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 respond to the list, with the star most recently releasing a compilation of her rendition of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ over the years.
In December 2022, Dion revealed in an emotional video that she was diagnosed with the terminal neurological disorder Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), which she explained “affects approximately one in a million people.”
“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know that it caused all of the cramps I had,” Dion said in her video. “Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulty in walking and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing in the way I’m used to.”
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The Cleveland Clinic described the syndrome as “a rare autoimmune movement disorder that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). People with this condition first experience tightening of the core muscles, followed by the development of stiffness and stiffness in the legs and other muscles in the body.”
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Dion announced that she could not continue her European tour, which she planned to restart in February. She also shared that she works with a “sports medicine doctor” every day to rebuild (her) strength and my performance, which “is what (she) loves to do most.”