Celine Dion fans left on Friday Rolling Stone know in no uncertain terms that the publication made a huge mistake. A group of Dion supporters protested outside the magazine’s New York office (on what happened to be the second anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot) against the singer’s expulsion Rolling Stone‘s 200 gtest singers of all time List published on January 1st.
“We wanted to make sure you understood that you missed the best singer in the world on your list – he should be at least in the top 200 or at least in the top 500 … at least the first name on your list!” one of the protesters told a reporter Rolling Stone. diversity reported that about 15 fans attended the protest after driving south from Quebec. They reportedly chanted, “Justice for Celine” and blasted “This is the state of affairs”, held characters (“Rolling Stone You hit an iceberg,” one read, referring to it titanicwhose theme “My Heart Will Go On” is Dion’s signature English language song) and of course sang:
The protest was the culmination of the biggest story to emerge from the publication of Rolling Stone‘s list. points of sale incl CBS and shine noted the loud backlash to the snub. After all, it was unnecessarily out of step with Dion’s current cultural assessment, and ‘90sEra rockism seemed to substantiate the omission.
During that decade, Dion’s first in the American limelight, the artist was widely viewed by the critical establishment as a cheesy effigy of a soulful singer. The list’s introduction noted that “this is the Greatest Singers list, not the Greatest Voices list. talent is impressive; Genius is transcendent. Sure, a lot of the folks here were born with massive whistles, perfect pitch and limitless range. Others have grittier, weirder, or more delicate instruments.” She further added, “What mattered most to us in all cases was originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog and the breadth of their musical legacy.” So the implication was that more important than innate talent was what was done with it. Shadowy placements from powerhouses like Barbra Streisand (No. 147) and Christina Aguilera (No. 141) seemed to put that philosophy into action.
However, Mariah Carey landed at No. 5. She was viewed with the same disdain by cool-fixated music writers in the ’90s (“At full speed, her range is so superhuman that every excessive note undermines the credibility of the lyrics she sings”, says part of Rob Tannenbaum’s review from 1991 emotions), but accumulated a heap of critical goodwill over the following decades. Certainly Carey’s voice has changed over the years and I would argue that her waning ability to be on stage and just open her lungs and unleash has made her singing more expressive and soulful. Dion’s voice, meanwhile, has remained very much the same, as has the sense of mediocrity in her music, meaning those who have long dismissed her artistry may still be inclined to do so.
But Dion has had her own reappraisal, thanks in no small part to her larger-than-life personality. Their endless stupidity rounds off the seriousness of their music nicely. The friendlier way all forms of pop are viewed has served their adult-oriented catalog well, which is full of bangers that themselves have the kind of over-the-top quality that only a superhuman voice like Dion’s could adequately serve. Case in point: “Now it’s all coming back to me.”
Anyway, the robustness of a voice that’s been booming in public with such intensity for a good four decades should be enough evidence for Dion’s bonafide to compile such a list. The ability to retain the ability to sound like herself after years of serving the public is something a good singer does. Dion’s voice has reached generations and cultures. In his brilliant examination of the contrasts between the critical establishment’s appreciation of Dion’s work and the general public’s love for her, Let’s talk about love: A journey to the end of tastewrites journalist Carl Wilson of “Friends and acquaintances who have told me that in Kazakhstan, Japan, Argentina, wherever, when the locals found out they were Canadian, they looked at me with ‘Ah, Celine Dion!'”. has effectively made her Canada’s leading cultural ambassador.
Additionally, the snub seems particularly cruel after Dion announced it was her diagnosed with stiff person syndrome. This is the kind of editorial error that gets swept under the rug when Dion is gone and the fond memories are flowing. It’s far better to cherish our great ones while we have them.
As for Dion’s fans, they’ve taken the bait – these lists are specifically curated to generate attention and outrage, which means making weird inclusions and key exclusions. That means at least they stood up and really put their beliefs into action. And they did it with the courtesy we’ve come to expect from our northern neighbors.
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