Interesting facts about Celine Dion

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Celine Dion is one of the most popular pop stars across the world. Her musical career can be traced back more than 30 years ago, and is best recognized for her excellent performance of “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie “titanic”, Dion’s life and work can not only be identified by one song. Celine Dion`s story is unique as she has grown from a humble background to be one of the best and most loved vocalists of all time. Being iconic to many people these are some fascinating facts you didn’t know about her.

Dion met her husband when she was 12

At 12 years of age, Celine Dion wrote a song “Ce n’etait qu’un reve,” and recorded it on tape. Her mother sent it to the well-known Canadian music producer Rene Angelil who later became her husband. When Angelil met her for the first time he knew he had to sign her. Dion first openly expressed her love for her longtime manager in 1993 in the liner notes of her album The Colour Of My Love. The relationship got some public opinion as they had an age difference of 26 years but later were offered support by their fans. They began their romantic relationship in 1987 when Dion was 19 years and got engaged in 1991.Angelil and Dion got married on Dec.17, 1994.

Very much supportive in charity work

Dion has been active in supporting a variety of charitable foundations. She launched the Celine Dion Foundation to bring awareness of cystic fibrosis in 1999. This foundation was special to her as she founded it after losing her niece Karine in her arms from the disease. She also led a fundraiser for the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which raised more than $1 million.

Celine Dion is a doctor

This is after she received an honorary doctorate in music from the University Laval in Quebec City in which is the oldest institution for higher learning in Canada in 2009.

Immortalized with a star on the Hollywood book of fame

This was in 2004 in addition to previously receiving a star on the Canadas walk of fame.

Has two distinguished Canadian civilian honors

In 2008, Dion became an officer of the Order of Canada and Officer of the National Order of Quebec. Also in 2013, she was named to the highest rank of the Order of Canada.

She performed for the pope at 16

When Dion was 16 years old she performed Une Colombe before 60,000 people at Montreal`s stadium in respect of Pope John Paul’s II`s visit to Canada. The song was from her album Melanie and became a French-language hit winning two Felix Awards for bestselling single and pop song of the year.

Declined a Felix Award

Dion`s album Unison won many awards including one in the home province that she declined. The Felix Awards are named after Quebecoise songwriter Felix Leclerc and Dion has won more than any other recording artist but in 1990 she created controversy when she declined an award for Anglophone artist of the year. She declined by saying “I am not an Anglophone artist and the public understands that everywhere I go in the world, I say that I`m proud to be Quebecoise.”



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