Celine Dion made her shock appearance at the 2024 Grammys to show stiff-person condition – a condition which has halted her career – is not a death sentence.
The singer, 55, was greeted with a standing ovation as she walked onstage at the awards – before fans went into uproar over Taylor Swift, 34, ‘ignoring her’ as she collected her Album of the Year Award.
Dion, 55, handed her the award, but fans pointed out that Swift didn’t acknowledge her and didn’t make eye contact, quickly looking back to celebrate the moment with her collaborators instead.
However, there appeared to be no ill-feelings as the iconic pair later posed-up happily backstage.
Celine also ‘riffed’ with Stevie Wonder and caught up with Oprah Winfrey,
Celine Dion made her shock appearance at the 2024 Grammys to show stiff-person condition – a condition which has halted her career – is not a death sentence – and was ‘gracious’ over Taylor Swift’s snub
Swift received backlash for being ‘disrespectful’ by ‘ignoring’ Celine Dion while accepting the award for Album of the Year at the Grammys on Sunday
The singer, 55, was greeted with a standing ovation as she walked onstage at the awards
A source told PageSix: ‘I don’t think Céline cared and they talked backstage afterwards. But Céline was just gracious and happy to be there. Of course, the right thing would have been for Taylor to acknowledge her, like Adele did years ago.
‘She wanted to show everyone that she’s doing alright. She has good days and bad days … it’s a painful disease, but it’s not a death sentence.
‘She’s clearly capable of doing things and she wanted to show everyone that she’s back. She looked fantastic. The hope is that she will be able to perform.’
Swift received backlash for being ‘disrespectful’ by ‘ignoring’ Celine Dion while accepting the award for Album of the Year at the Grammys on Sunday.
Dion made a surprise rare appearance at the ceremony, amid her battle with stiff-person syndrome, to present Swift, 34, with the honor – which she herself won 27 years ago.
Swift – who was nominated for her 2022 record Midnights – became the first person to win the accolade four times and excitingly made her way to the stage at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Dion – who is battling with stiff-person syndrome – handed Swift the award, but fans pointed out that the singer didn’t acknowledge her, quickly looking back to celebrate the moment with her collaborators instead
‘Taylor Swift didn’t even hug or acknowledge Celine Dion. Can’t f*****g stand this t**t,’ one upset fan wrote on social media afterwards.
Taylor Swift completely ignoring Celine Dion like she was some trophy model presenter was #GRAMMYS was wild. She’s won this three times and usually such a pro. But to ignore an icon, who is dealing with so much? Yikes.’
‘As someone who has defended Taylor, I can’t defend this. No acknowledgment of Celine whatsoever,’ another added.
‘Taylor Swift will never EVER live down ignoring Celine Dion at the Grammys.’
‘Taylor Swift not acknowledging Celine Dion, a legend, at the Grammys, but dragging Lana to that stage? Smh,’ another person wrote in reference to Lana Del Rey being on stage.
‘Taylor not acknowledging Celine and then SNATCHING the Grammy from her… JAIL.’
Dion was visibly emotional as she walked onstage with the support of eldest son Rene-Charles Angelil, 23, to cheers and a standing ovation and to present Album of the Year.
She said: ‘Thank you, all! I love you right back. You look beautiful. When I say I’m happy to be here, I really mean it from my heart.’
‘Those who have been blessed enough to be here at the Grammy Awards must never take for granted the tremendous love and joy that music brings to our lives and to people all around the world.’
Swift didn’t make eye contact with Dion, as she quickly grabbed the award
She became the first person to win the accolade four times
Celine looked incredible in a terracotta coat and glittering jewelry as she clapped for Taylor
The big win made Swift the first person to ever win the top prize four times as she was previously tied with Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Paul Simon for the record
‘And now it gives me great joy to present a Grammy Award that two legends Diana Ross and Sting presented to me 27 years ago. These are the outstanding nominees for album of the year.’
Celine then announced Swift’s acclaimed album Midnights had won the award – making Grammy history as she won the award for the fourth time.
Celine looked incredible in a terracotta coat and glittering jewelry as she was helped onto stage.
The star’s fight to continue her career will be chronicled in new documentary, I Am: Celine Dion.
The hitmaker, announced in December 2022 that she had been diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome – an extremely rare disorder that makes the muscles in the torso and limbs alternate between spasming and being rigid. She revealed she would be stepping away from performing.
The new documentary – captured over more than a year of filming – follows the star as she battles to continue her normal life and career amid her diagnosis – and vows the condition ‘won’t define her’ as she vows to raise awareness.
Swift was nominated in six categories at the ceremony – Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Midnights, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for ‘Anti-Hero’ and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her ‘Karma’ collaboration with Ice Spice.
The pop star won Best Pop Vocal Album and the night’s biggest honor, Album of the Year.
Swift beat out an impressive field for the award, including: Boygenius – The Record, Janelle Monáe – The Age of Pleasure, Jon Batiste – World Music Radio, Lana Del Rey – Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation, Olivia Rodrigo – Guts, and SZA – SOS.
The big win made her the first person to ever win the top prize four times as she was previously tied with Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Paul Simon for the record.