Celine Dion Fans Protest Against Her Exclusion In Rolling Stone's 'Greatest Singers' List

7 January 2023 | 9:40 am | Mary Varvaris

Are you chanting with the protestors, "Rolling Stone is stoned"?

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This week, Rolling Stone came under fire after publishing a new list, The 200 Greatest Singers Of All Time.

"Now we know that these lists are all about getting people talking, and this list is set to do a lot of that with a huge omission in Celine Dion. True, she's a very polarising figure in music, but whatever you think of My Heart Will Go On, it's pretty hard to argue that poor Celine hasn't just been forgotten," The Music noted in a piece tracking the US publication's snubs of Dion and basically every Australian singer ever.

Dion fans were outraged by the outcome and protested outside Rolling Stone's New York office yesterday. The crowd held up signs that read, "How Can You Forget Celine?”, “The Power of Celine,” “Justice for Celine,” “Celine Is No Longer By Herself,” and “I Drove All Night to Be Here!” The magazine's favourite sign, which turned out to be a popular chant as well, wound up being “Rolling Stone Is Stoned".

"Obviously, you made a big mistake forgetting her name on the big list you published last week," Canadian fan Line Basbous told Rolling Stone. "We wanted to make sure that you understand that you missed the best singer in the world. She should be the first name on your list."

Celine Dion recently announced that she would reschedule her 2023 European tour dates and move them to 2024 due to her diagnosis of a neurological syndrome that's thought to be incurable. 

"I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time," the All By Myself singer began in a video statement explaining the postponement. "And it’s been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through. 

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"Recently, I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the 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 I’ve been having."

In a message of hope and resilience, Dion shared that she's working with a sports medicine therapist to help her regain physical strength. Anti-anxiety and muscle relaxant drugs are believed to alleviate muscle spasms, the National Institute for Neurological Disorders details on its website. 

The National Institute for Neurological Disorders says that Stiff Person Syndrome affects twice as many women as men. The disorder is often associated with autoimmune diseases such as type-1 diabetes, thyroiditis, vitiligo, and pernicious anemia.

In 2018, Dion brought John Farnham on stage to perform an excellent rendition of You're The Voice together. Check it out here.