About Celine Dion
Celine Dion was born in Charlemagne, Quebec on 30 March 1968. The youngest of 14 children, she dreamed of performing from a young age and at 12 years old, she wrote, composed and recorded her first song, "Ce n'était qu'un rêve", with her mother and brother Jacques. Another brother, Michel, came across the name of music manager René Angélil on the back of a Ginette Reno album, and sent the demo to him. Upon hearing the recording, Angélil invited Dion to perform for him in person, and signed her immediately.
1981-1989: Career beginnings
In 1981, Angélil funded her debut album, La voix du bon Dieu, by mortgaging his home. The album, which was released in her native Quebec only, was an instant success, making Dion a local celebrity.
The following year, she found an international audience when she performed at the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan, winning the musician's award for Top Performer and the gold medal for Best Song with "Tellement j'ai d'amour pour toi".
By the time she was 15, Dion had become the first Canadian artist to receive a gold record in France (for the single "D'amour ou d'amitié"), and had won several Félix Awards, including "Best Female performer" and "Discovery of the Year". Five years later, she found further international fame when she represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest, winning with the song "Ne partez pas sans moi".
In 1989, Dion took some time away from the spotlight to improve her image and her English, and work on her voice, in the hopes of becoming a superstar.
1990-1992: Unison, Dion chante Plamondon and Celine Dion
In 1990, Dion made her English language debut with Unison. The album was a commercial hit, and was certified seven-times platinum in Canada and platinum in the United States. It launched four singles, including "Where Does My Heart Beat Now", which became a top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It also won a Juno Award for Album of the Year in 1991, and Dion won the Juno Award for Female Vocalist of the Year.
1991 was Dion's breakthrough year, bringing her worldwide fame when she duetted with Peabo Bryson on the title track to Disney's animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991). The song became her first top-ten hit in the UK and her second top-ten hit in the US. It also earned its songwriters an Academy Award for Best Song and won Dion her first Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
In November of that year, she released the French-language album Dion chante Plamondon, which was popular in Canada and France, and launched the hit "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)", which reached number two on the French charts.
In 1992, she released her self-titled English language album, which was certified diamond in Canada and double platinum in the US. "Beauty and the Beast" was the lead single from the album and its second single, "If You Asked Me To", became her first number-one single in Canada and peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.
1993-1995: The Colour of My Love and D'eux
Dion released her third English-language album, The Colour of My Love, in 1993 to huge commercial success. The album became one of the best-selling albums of all time with worldwide sales of twenty million copies. It launched the US number one "The Power of Love", the UK number one "Think Twice", and the Japanese chart topper "To Love You More", which was included on the 1995 Japanese re-release of The Colour of My Love. The record won numerous awards, including two Juno Awards for Album of the Year and Best Selling Album (Foreign or Domestic), and the IRMA Award for Best International Female Artist Album. Several of its singles also won awards or nominations: "Think Twice" won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, "To Love You More" received the International Single Grand Prix at the Japan Gold Disc Award, "When I Fall in Love" won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1994, and "The Power of Love" was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1995. Both the album and "Think Twice" simultaneously occupied the top of the British charts for five consecutive weeks. "Think Twice" stayed in the top spot for seven weeks, and eventually became the fourth single by a female artist to sell in excess of one million copies in the UK, while the album was eventually certified five-times platinum.
1994 brought the release of a live French-language album, À l'Olympia, and Dion also released a bilingual version of "Petit Papa Noël" with Alvin and the Chipmunks for the 1994 holiday album A Very Merry Chipmunk.
D'eux, Dion's 11th French-language studio album, was released in 1995. It went on to become the best-selling French-language album of all time, and launched the hugely successful singles "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" and "Je sais pas". "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" stayed at number one on the French charts for 12 weeks, and also reached the top ten in the UK and Ireland – an exceptional accomplishment for a French song.
In 1996, Dion won the World Music Award for "World's Best-selling Female Recording Artist of the Year" for the third time, and by the mid-nineties, she had become one of the world's best-selling artists.
1996-1999: Falling into You, Let's Talk About Love and S'il suffisait d'aimer
Dion released her most critically and commercially successful album, Falling Into You, in 1996. The record became one of the best-selling albums in music history and won several awards, including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Pop Album at the 39th annual ceremony. It topped the charts in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia and several other countries, and was eventually certified 11-times platinum in the US and diamond in Canada. The album also appears on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Definitive 200 list. The IFPI certified Falling into You nine-times platinum - an accolade that has been given to only two other albums in history, one of them being Dion's follow-up to Falling into You, Let's Talk About Love.
In April 1997, Dion won three World Music Awards for World's Best Selling Artist of the Year, World's Best Selling Pop Artist of the Year and World's Best Selling Canadian Artist of the Year.
Let's Talk About Love was released in November 1997 and featured collaborations with Barbra Streisand, the Bee Gees, Luciano Pavarotti, Carole King, George Martin, Diana King, Brownstone and Corey Hart. The album was another major success for Dion, and reached number one in multiple countries around the world, attaining platinum status in twenty-four sales territories. It also became the fastest selling album of her career. Let's Talk About Love was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and its lead single, "Tell Him", was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The album also features Dion's biggest single and signature song: "My Heart Will Go On" from James Cameron's blockbuster film Titanic. "My Heart Will Go On" was a global chart-topper and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.
Towards the end of the nineties, Dion released three more successful albums: a Christmas album, These Are Special Times (1998), a French-language album, S'il suffisait d'aimer, and a compilation album All the Way... A Decade of Song (1999). These Are Special Times featured the single "I'm Your Angel" (a duet with R. Kelly), which became her fourth US number one and a hit across the world. It also features "The Prayer" (a duet with Andrea Bocelli), which served as the soundtrack of the 1998 film Quest for Camelot and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. One of the best-selling compilation albums of all time, the album topped the charts in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, and was certified seven-times platinum by the RIAA. S'il suffisait d'aimer was Dion's final French-language album of the 1990s and reached number one in every major French-speaking territory.
In 1998, Dion received two of the highest Canadian honours: "Officer of the Order of Canada for Outstanding Contribution to the World of Contemporary Music" and "Officer of the National Order of Quebec", and in 1999, she was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, and was honoured with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
2000-2003: Hiatus, A New Day Has Come, One Heart and 1 fille & 4 types
After the release of a compilation album, All the Way... A Decade of Song, in November 1999, Dion embarked on a three-year hiatus to concentrate on building a family with Angélil, who she had married in 1994. Angélil had also been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which motivated the hiatus, as well as the birth of their first child in January 2001.
In March 2002, Dion returned to music with the album A New Day Has Come. The album charted at number one in more than seventeen countries (it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 – a first for Dion), and was certified triple-platinum in the US and Europe, and six-times platinum in Canada. Its title track broke the record for most weeks at number one on the US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, staying in the top spot for twenty-one weeks.
One year later, she released One Heart – a record that was released in conjunction with an endorsement deal with Chrysler. Its lead single was a cover of Cyndi Lauper's 1989 hit "I Drove All Night". The album hit number one in several countries and was certified multi-platinum in Canada and the US.
In October 2003, 1 fille & 4 types, a French-language album was released. The album's lead single, "Tout l'or des hommes", reached top ten in all Francophone countries, including number one in Quebec and number three in France. The album itself also did well in French-speaking territories and around the world, topping the charts in Canada, France, Belgium Wallonia and Greece, and reaching the top ten in Switzerland, Poland, Finland and Belgium Flandres.
2003-2007: Miracle and A New Day...
2004 brought the release of Dion's ninth English-language studio album, Miracle, which was created in collaboration with Australian photographer Anne Geddes. The album and accompanying photo book celebrate the beauty of babies. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and spent a record 18 consecutive weeks at the top position on the Billboard Top Kid Audio chart.
Dion also received the Chopard Diamond Award from the World Music Awards in 2004, for her achievements in music, including record sales of more than 175 million albums worldwide.
From 2003-2007, Dion embarked upon A New Day... - a residency Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that combined music; dance; cutting-edge production, lighting and visual effects; and inventive staging. Inspired by the Cirque du Soleil show O, which Dion went to see during her sabbatical from music, the large-scale theatrical concert was created and directed by Franco Dragone, the director of O. During its five-year run, A New Day... became the most successful residency of all time, grossing over US$385 million and selling over 300 million tickets.
2007-2010: D'elles, Taking Chances and Taking Chances Tour
In May 2007, Dion released the French-language concept album D'elles, which features thirteen songs written by influential female authors from France and Quebec. The album was critically acclaimed and debuted at number one in Canada and France, as well as reaching number one in Belgium Wallonia. It was certified double-platinum in Canada.
That November, she released the English-language album Taking Chances. It reached number one in Canada, Switzerland, South Africa and on the European Top 100 Albums chart, and was certified platinum in the US and quadruple-platinum in Canada. The album was supported by the Taking Chances World Tour, which began in February 2008, visiting five continents, and became one of the highest-grossing tours of all-time. The tour sold out every concert in the US and Canada.
In April 2008, Dion was nominated for six Juno Awards, Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year (for Taking Chances), Francophone Album of the Year (for D'elles) and Album of the Year (for both Taking Chances and D'elles).
The following May, Dion was named the 20th best-selling artist of the decade and the second-best-selling female artist of the decade in the United States, having sold an estimated 17.57 million copies of her albums there since 2000. That December, she was also named by Pollstar as the best-selling solo touring act of the decade and the second-best-selling touring act of the decade.
In September 2010, Dion released a duet with French singer Michel Sardou, "Voler", and the following month, she wrote and composed a new song for Canadian singer, Marc Dupré entitled "Entre deux mondes".
2011-2014: Celine, Sans attendre and Loved Me Back to Life
In 2011, Dion embarked on her second residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Celine. The residency lasted for three years, and in 2018, it was named by Billboard as the second most successful residency of all time.
Sans attendre, her first French-language album since 2007, was released in November 2012 and was a smash hit in several French-speaking countries, achieving diamond status in France.
She released her 11th English-language album, Loved Me Back to Life, one year later.
2014-present: Encore un soir and Courage
In August 2014, Dion cancelled all upcoming show business engagements due to her husband's worsening health. After the death of her husband and brother, she did not return to performing until February 2016, when she resumed her residency at Caesars Palace.
That May, she released French single, "Encore un soir", and a cover of Queen's song "The Show Must Go On", featuring Lindsey Stirling on violin. She was also presented with the Billboard Icon Award at the 2016 Billboard Awards ceremony.
That August, she released a new French-language album, Encore un soir, which topped the charts in France, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland, and was certified diamond in France, double-platinum in Canada and platinum in Belgium and Switzerland.
Dion embarked on two sold-out concert tours in Europe and Canada throughout 2016 and 2017.
In September 2016, she released "Recovering" - a song written for her by Pink after her husband died. She also recorded the song "How Does a Moment Last Forever" for the Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, released in March 2017.
She released the song "Ashes", from the film Deadpool 2, in May 2018 – a remix of which topped the US Dance Club Songs chart.
In April 2019, Dion announced her 2019/2020 Courage World Tour and a new English-language album of the same name, to be released in November 2019.