Music / Céline Dion
Céline Marie Claudette Dion is one of the most popular Canadian
singers of all time. Born in 1968 in Quebec
Canadian province whose majority of populace speak French
. Thus, she spent her early years speaking and singing French. Met her future husband, music manager René Angélil in 1981, who remained her manager ever since (although he officially stepped down as his health deteriorated). Started singing English in the 90s, but until present day she still sings in both French and English. Married René in 1994 and lived happily together along with three sons despite the two's age difference
until René passing due to throat cancer on January 14, 2016, 21 years into their marriage (and 26 years into their relationship in total).
For a more comprehensive information, see the other wiki's entryGained full mainstream attention
when she sang "My Heart Will Go On" for the film Titanic (1997)
Celine and her songs provide examples of:
- Absolute Cleavage: In Then You Look at Me, she wore a low-cut cat-suit.
- All Just a Dream: Her first single C'est n'etait qu'un reve actually translates into this.
- All Women Love Shoes: She once told Ellen DeGeneres that she had over 3000 pairs of shoes.
- Award Bait Song: It started with Beauty and the Beast, and she went on to sing a few more, winning some Grammys (such as Because You Loved Me) and Oscars (My Heart Will Go On) along the way.
- Bathtub Scene: In Misled.
- Boyish Short Hair: She sported this during the One Heart era.
- Butt Monkey
- Like her contemporaries Michael Bolton and Barbra Streisand, Dion is frequently the target of jokes, both in Canada and the U.S., as an example of providing "terrible" music, due mostly for her propensity for ballads and the ubiquity of hits such as "My Heart Will Go On".
- One example came in the Criminal Minds episode "Memoriam", where the team was investigating Reid's father. When they received his background check, JJ noted, "aside from purchasing Celine Dion tickets, (he's done) nothing questionable."
- The Cover Changes the Meaning: There was once a song by Jean Jacques Goldman called Puisque tu pars, which is basically the tearjerking complaint of a parent who sees their child leave them to experience life in the outside world. Then Céline decided to sing it in English, with lyrics that have nothing to do with the original's. You might know her version as Let's Talk About Love.
- Cover Version: She has sung quite a number of covers.
- Covered Up: Some of her covers outfamed the originals, such as The Power Of Love (from Jennifer Rush), It's All Coming Back to Me Now (from Pandora's Box), All By Myself (from Eric Carmen), and If You Asked Me To (from Patti La Belle). So much so, that many people tend to mistakenly attribute those songs to having been originally sung by her.
- Translated Cover Version: Her early French songs exhibit several French-translated English songs, and some of her English albums contain songs that are translated from French songs, some hers, some others'. Then she occasionally sing in other languages such as Japanese, Spanish etc.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Some of her older videos were shot this way, such as All by Myself, Je Sais Pas and Water from the Moon. Even some of her album covers are also monochromes, such as D'eux, D'Elles, Unison, Loved Me Back To Life.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress
- The Four Loves: Especially in her French discography, though aside from romantic love, she generally only dabbles in family love.
- Identical Stranger: Used in her old French video of Fais Ce Que Tu Voudras (Do Whatever You Want), where there are three Dions at different parts of a train station.
- Incompatible Orientation: Ziggy (Un Garcon Pas Comme Les Autres), cover from Starmania.
- Incredibly Long Note: Very common. Listen to If You Asked Me To, The Power Of Love, All By Myself and My Heart Will Go On for some examples.
- The Lost Lenore: Her love interest — a male example of the trope — in the video for "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" is this to her.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: She is the youngest of fourteen children.
- May-December Romance: René Angélil is 26 years older than she is. They first met when she was 12 and their relationship (officially) began 7 years later. It was another 7 years before they were actually married.
- Medal of Dishonor: In 1990, she won "Best English Speaking Artist" in Felix Award (the Quebec Grammys). She rejected the award because she felt she has always been a French artist, not English. This reportedly caused the award name to be changed into "Quebec Artist Achieving Most Success in A Language Other Than French".
- Me's A Crowd: She split into copies of herself in her video Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là) (which translates into And If There Was Only One Woman Left (I Would Be That One))
- Named After Somebody Famous: Céline herself is named after the song Céline by Hugues Aufray. Her first son, René Charles Dion Angélil, is a bit complicated case of this, as the name Charles was actually taken from her grandfather. Her younger twin sons are more straightforward: Eddy (after Eddy Marnay, Francophone songwriter who collaborated with her early in her career) and Nelson (after the Nelson Mandela).
- Nun Too Holy: One of her old French song, La Religieuse (The Nun) has shades of this, with the eponymous nun having had some romantic affairs in the past.
- Oh Crap! / OOC Is Serious Business: She normally stays out of talks when it came to politics, especially about other countries; Celine tearfully criticized George Bush’s Iraq War and response to Katrina during her interview on Larry King in 2005. Considering the situations happening at time and the fact she’s grew up in poverty when talking Katrina, who can honestly blame her?
- Ominous Pipe Organ: What better instrument to accompany a song about nuns (La Religieuse)?
- Pimped-Out Dress: A couple in her videos, with the one in Immortality being a stand-out.
- Also her wedding attire◊. And how!
- Power Ballad: Most of her discography in the 1990s. She became more or less the most prominent power ballad performing after the reigning king of the genre (Michael Bolton) declined in popularity at the end of the decade.
- Power Hair: Her hairdo during the early 90s. Incidentally, this is also when she started rising to power in music industry.
- Pretty in Mink: Wore a white mink jacket over her wedding dress.
- Wore a white fox wrap (and probably nothing else other than Jewelry) for a magazine shoot; See the page picture.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Her French song Attendre is chock-full of this.
- Scare Chord: During the intro of It's All Coming Back To Me Now. The music video utilizes this to represent the exact moment her love interest was killed.
- Satellite Character: Her entire family is famous in Quebec mostly because of her. Her mom, known has Thérèse Dion, aka Maman Dion (Mommy Dion)had her own cooking show. Her old sister, Claudette Dion, is also a singer, though she remained strictly local and target a older audience. Her siblings as a whole produced a few albums, mostly under the name "La Famille Dion" (The Dion Family.) And when her father, Adhemar Dion, passed away, it was all over the news, while her husband's death and funeral became a national affair.
- Her manager and husband, René Angelil can also be considered as such. He was originally a singer as a member of the Quebec pop-rock group Les Barronnets (a Beatles knock-off who, like most group of that kind in Quebec at the time, sung mostly French covers of English-language song), but she's the only reason he made it so big.
- Of course, he now has his own satellite characters - in Quebec, if an artist gets picked up by René Angelil, you know he or she is gonna be a big star, at least in the French-speaking world. He recently made a cameo as an Mafia Godfather in a recent movie Omertà- every Quebec critics said it was perfect casting as soon as it was announced.
- Self-Deprecation: She's really good at taking a joke. When SNL was doing their parodies of her in the wake of the success of Titanic (1997), she found it absolutely hilarious and even invited Ana Gasteyer to do her impression of her at one of her concerts.
- Shower Scene: In some videos, though she's never the one showering.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: She sings in French with only the barest Québecois accent. When she speaks however, her accent's so thick, a common joke is that even the people of Québec have trouble understanding what she says.
- Truck Driver's Gear Change: Very often.
- Vocal Evolution: Most noticeable in her 80s French albums, from her first album that was released when she was just 13, to her late-80s albums just before she went English. After that her voice still underwent changes, but not as drastic.