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Celine Dion fans rage at Taylor Swift for awkward Grammys ‘snub’

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Celine Dion made a surprise appearance at last night’s Grammys in Los Angeles to present an award to Taylor Swift – but some fans weren’t happy about the interaction.

The 55-year-old My Heart Will Go On singer took to the stage arm-in-arm with her son René-Charles Angélil to present the coveted album of the year award.

Wearing a gorgeous golden-orange dress coat over a long baby pink gown, Celine was radiant, as she finished the look off with a chunky silver necklace.

The star looked emotional to be back in the public eye since her stiff person syndrome diagnosis – a rare neurological disease which causes severe spasms.

Arriving at the microphone to a standing ovation, Celine thanked the crowd, and talked about what a privilege making music is.

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.

Celine Dion fans weren’t too happy with Taylor Swift after the Grammys on Sunday night (Picture: Christopher Polk/Billboard via Getty Images)
Celine Dion is suffering from stiff person syndrome (Picture: Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
The singing legend presented Taylor Swift with album of the year award (Picture: Christopher Polk/Billboard via Getty Images)

‘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. 

‘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.’

A reminder that it’s Taylor Swift’s era and we’re just living in it, as the Getaway Car hitmaker scooped the gong – winning the title more times than any other artist in the history of the awards show.

She beat Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra’s three-time records.

But in the excitement of receiving the award off from the legend – who was marking her big comeback to the spotlight after all her health woes – Taylor appeared to bypass the singer in what some fans called a ‘snub’.

She looked emotional to be back on stage (Picture: REUTERS)
Taylor made history with the award but Celine fans thought she was ‘snubbed’ by the superstar (Picture: Christopher Polk/Billboard via Getty Images)

‘Taylor Swift just took the album of the year trophy from Celine Dion without batting an eye and/or acknowledging that a legendary was handing her the award. So cringey for my soul,’ @estefs said on X, formerly Twitter.

‘The way Taylor Swift gave no acknowledgment nor eye contact to a legend like Celine Dion, is having me gasp for air over here,’ agreed @overcrazed, before adding: ‘I’m sure she was just in shock of excitement buttt still tho.’

However, Swifties came to the singer’s defence, as @alexandergold took to social media with a video of Taylor’s reaction to Celine walking on stage, showing her clapping and practically jumping out of her seat in excitement.

‘This is Taylor Swift snubbing Celine Dion?’ they wrote alongside the fan-girling footage.

Any snub rumours were well and truly put to bed though when Taylor and Celine joined forces backstage for a friendly snap.

Both were smiling, as Taylor put her arm around Celine’s neck and snuggled into her. N’awrh.

Celine and Taylor squashed any snub theories with a backstage embrace (Picture: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)



Grammys 2024 winners list

Record of the year: Miley Cyrus – Flowers

Album of the year: Taylor Swift – Midnights

Best new artist: Victoria Monet

Song of the year: Billie Eilish – What Was I Made For? from Barbie

Best pop vocal album: Taylor Swift – Midnights

Best R&B song: SZA – Snooze

Best country album: Lainey Wilson – Bell Bottom Country

Best música urbana album: Karol G – Mañana Será Bonito

Best pop solo performance: Miley Cyrus – Flowers

Best progressive R&B album: SZA – SOS

Best R&B performance: Coco Jones – ICU

Best folk album: Joni Mitchell – Joni Mitchell at Newport (Live)

Producer of the year, non-classical: Jack Antonoff

Songwriter of the year, non-classical: Theron Thomas

Best pop duo/group performance: SZA featuring Phoebe Bridgers – Ghost in the Machine

Best dance/electronic recording: Skrillex, Fred again.. and Flowdan – Rumble

Best pop dance recording: Kylie Minogue – Padam Padam

Best dance/electronic music album: Fred again.. – Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)

Best traditional R&B performance: PJ Morton featuring Susan Carol – Good Morning

Best R&B album: Victoria Monét – Jaguar II

Best rap performance: Killer Mike featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane – Scientists & Engineers

Best melodic rap performance: Lil Durk featuring J Cole – All My Life

Best rap song: Killer Mike featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane – Scientists & Engineers

Best rap album: Killer Mike – Michael

Best country solo performance: Chris Stapleton – White Horse

Best country song: Chris Stapleton – White Horse

Best song written for visual media: What Was I Made For? from Barbie the Album, Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best comedy album: Dave Chappelle – What’s in a Name?

Best alternative music performance: Paramore – This Is Why

Best rock album: Paramore – This Is Why

Best rock song: boygenius – Not Strong Enough

Best metal performance: Metallica – 72 Seasons

Best rock performance: boygenius – Not Strong Enough

This was Celine’s first award show in three years, since her diagnosis of the rare autoimmune movement disorder which affects the central nervous system.

Celine opened up about the condition – which is said to turn people into ‘human statues’ – in December, after initially opening up about the diagnosis in 2022.

Speaking in a video at the end of last year, she said: ‘Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called stiff-person syndrome which affects something like one in a million people.

‘While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms that I’ve been having.

‘Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.

‘For me to reach you again I have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment and I have hope that I’m on the road to recovery. This is my focus and I’m doing everything I can to recuperate.’

Celine was also seen backstage chatting to Oprah Winfrey, and was snapped hanging out with Taylor.

The All by Myself singer’s journey with stiff person syndrome will be divulged in the upcoming documentary I Am: Celine Dion which is set to be released by Amazon-MGM.

Taylor took the opportunity on stage to announce a ‘secret’ she’d been keeping for ‘two years’ – the arrival of her brand new album, The Tortured Poets Department, out on April 19.

Elsewhere, it was a night for women, as Miley Cyrus scooped her first ever Grammy and one more for her summer banger Flowers.

Joni Mitchell made her debut Grammys performance aged 80, leading to an appreciative standing ovation.

Song of the year went to Billie Eilish for What Was I Made For? while SZA won three awards after nine nominations.

In an unexpected turn of events, rapper Killer Mike scooped three awards, but was then placed in handcuffs and escorted out of the Crypto.com Arena by Los Angeles Police Department after an alleged ‘altercation’.

Video footage posted to social media appears to show the music star being detained, as a voice is heard saying: ‘Are you serious? What the f**k?’. 

A spokesperson confirmed that the rapper was in the process of being released by the LAPD as of the early hours of Monday morning. 

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