Celine Dion performed at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards as she received the prestigious ICON award for her unparalleled achievement in music. It’s just another feather that Dion adds to her string of achievements. Her life is a never-ending story of Billboard pop chart hits crowned by her signature song, “My Heart Will Go On.”
Celine Dion accepting the Icon Award with her son. Such a beautiful & touching moment. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/m1aGkTslKY— Shady Music Facts (@musicnews_shade) May 23, 2016
Celine Dion’s most memorable music single helped James Cameron’s Titanic movie sail across the world with a record $2.1 billion in ticket receipts, according to Box Office Mojo. Everything that Celine touches seems to turn into gold. She is a regular staple in Las Vegas, where the Billboard Music Awards is being held tonight.
Since the love of her life, René Angélil, passed away this year, “My Heart Will Go On” has carried a very special message for Celine Dion. From Billboard’s point of view, however, the song carries the following significance.
“Notably, the 1997 Titanic soundtrack is not classified as a Dion album, although it was fueled in large part by her smash, and two-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, ‘My Heart Will Go On.’ The set has sold 10.2 million.”
In going through Celine Dion’s track record, Billboard also said the following.
“Celine Dion’s top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits are based on actual performance on the weekly Hot 100, through the May 28, 2016, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.”
Celine Dion started singing at the age of 12, according to Biography.
“Her parents formed a singing group, Dion’s Family, and they toured Canada when Celine was still an infant. They later opened a piano bar, where the five-year-old Celine would perform to the delight of customers. At the age of 12, Celine Dion recorded a demo tape of a song she had written with her mother.”
At the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, Celine Dion sang Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” As expected, Dion would interpret the song in her own style. In her signature soulful rendition, Celine, as expected, brought the house down with her extremely powerful vocal range. As a total performer, she doesn’t know how to disappoint.
The choice of the Queen song bears an eerie resemblance to Celine’s “My Heart Will Go On.” In fact, it is almost an extension of the Titanic theme. The only difference is that it is melodramatic as it is funny, with the lyrics poking fun at an artist’s predicament at every performance, when no matter what happens, the show must go on. As Celine Dion continues her winning streak on the Las Vegas strip as a concert performer, she must surely identify with this experience a lot, and especially with everything that she has gone through this year.
Billboard has also released Celine Dion’s song record performance as follows.
- “Because You Loved Me” (No. 1, six weeks, 1996)
- “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” (No. 2, 1996)
- “The Power of Love” (No. 1, four weeks, 1994)
- “I’m Your Angel” (with R. Kelly; No. 1, six weeks, 1998-99)
- “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” (No. 4, 1991)
- “My Heart Will Go On” (No. 1, two weeks, 1998)
- “That’s the Way It Is” (No. 6, 2000)
- “If You Asked Me To” (No. 4, 1992)
- “All by Myself” (No. 4, 1997)
- “Beauty and the Beast” (with Peabo Bryson; No. 9, 1992)
And despite all her success which is often punctuated by the numerous records she has broken in the music industry, what is most admirable is that the “All By Myself” singer has not lost her common touch. Celine Dion demonstrated this during her late husband’s wake in Montreal, Canada.
Standing at the scene, she made it a point to speak with every visitor, never forgetting to thank each person for coming. No wonder her fellow celebrities like Barbra Streisand can’t stop talking about how nice a person Celine Dion is. Even Oprah has the kindest words for the singer to whom success has not had that characteristic numbing and the ego-altering effect.
But perhaps, the best part of the Celine Dion example is no matter what life throws at her, she still manages to keep her cool and give every negativity in her life a positive spin. Beyoncé is known to make lemonade when life throws her lemons. In contrast, Celine Dion throws warm kisses.
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