Twenty years ago today Olivia Newton-John presented Celine the award for the “World's Best Selling Canadian Female Artist of the Year” at the World Music Awards.
Princess Stephanie and Prince Albert of Monaco were in attendance that evening, and seeing Celine receive this award prompted Prince Albert to invite her to join him at his table.
The World Music Awards take place every year under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Prizes are awarded to the previous year's best-selling artists from every continent
Celine has been the celebrity patron of Cystic Fibrosis Canada for over 30 years. She became involved with the cause when her niece Karine, daughter of sister Liette, was battling the disease. On May 2, 1993, Karine passed away in Celine's arms as she sang into her ear Eddy Marnay's "Les Oiseaux du Bonheur." She was just 16 years old.
There have been two songs written in Karine's honour: "Mélanie" (by Eddy Marnay and Diane Juster) and "Vole" (by Jean-Jacques Goldman).
Since Karine's passing, much progress has been made in the treatment of CF, but there is still no cure. Like Celine, please donate generously in memory of Karine and the many others. Your donation will help make a cure for this respiratory illness not just a dream but a reality.
Celine, Maman Dion, Karine and Liette
Bassist Marc Langis has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau. After 20 years of collaboration, Marc will not take the stage with Celine when she returns to Las Vegas. Having studied at the Conservatoire himself, Marc will now train tomorrow's musical talent. Of the appointment Marc says, "Nothing but an opportunity to work with the Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec could have taken me away from Celine and her team. I take solace in knowing that I leave an opening for another musician to have the extraordinary experience of performing alongside the amazing Celine Dion. Merci Céline!"
"I am very happy for Marc. This prestigious recognition is a great achievement in a career that continues to grow. We have much affection for Marc and will keep him in our hearts," commented Celine.
TeamCeline wishes Marc the best of luck in his new endeavour.
(photo : Gérard Schachmes)
A major turning point in Celine's international career was her 1st place finish at Eurovision on April 30th, 1988. She performed « Ne partez pas sans moi » which would eventually be included on the album « On ne change pas » while representing Switzerland. Celine remains a proud winner of Eurovision which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
On April 10th, 1996, Celine had the honour of giving the inaugural performance at the Molson Centre Theatre, which was built to replace the Montreal Forum. Celine's current manager, Aldo Giampaolo, was Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Molson Centre at the time. He is credited with the concept of transforming a sports arena into a venue suitable for an intimate concert atmosphere. The first song that Celine sang that evening was ''J'attendais'', from the album 'D'eux'. She was forced to pause during the performance because of the standing ovation she received from the audience.
That night would be the 1st of 34 performances Celine has given at the Molson Centre, which eventually became the Bell Centre in September 2002.
TeamCeline welcomes Scott Price as Celine’s new Musical Director.
UNISON, Celine's first English-language album, was launched on Monday, April 2nd, 1990, at the Metropolis in Montreal 25 years ago today. 1600 people attended the event, which served as a mini-concert and was televised live, a first for the Montreal music industry. In another first, Celine spoke and responded to journalists in English at the launch.
At the time, Celine had this to say about the album: "CBS and Rene have been working on the album for 3 years. They received between 200 and 300 demos and listened to every single one. You never know what to expect. They chose about 50 songs. Rene knows what I like. After I listened to this selection, we decided to keep 20, recorded 15 and eventually chose 10 for the album.”