The most awaited moments from the 66th annual Grammy Awards were revealed on Sunday night, particularly for Taylor Swift.
Unexpectedly, the singer from Pennsylvania won the most sought-after prize of the evening: Album of the Year. She also delighted fans back home by revealing a new album, The Tortured Poets Department.
The legendary singer Céline Dion, who has been mainly hidden from the public eye for some time, gave her the Grammy. But not everyone is happy with Taylor’s handling of the matter. See why by continuing to read.
Céline Dion’s horrific medical struggle
The 55-year-old Céline Dion surprised everyone by showing up unexpectedly at the Grammy Awards. This was her first public appearance since disclosing her diagnosis with stiff person syndrome (SPS) more than a year ago, which caused her much-anticipated tour to be canceled.
The Canadian artist has been keeping a quiet profile after disclosing her SPS diagnosis in December 2022, as was previously reported. In an emotional Instagram message, the well-known singer revealed her continuous health issues and informed her fans that she would be rescheduling her gigs for 2023 and 2024 in order to prioritize her well-being. This came at the time of her shocking health news.
René-Charles, together with the twins Nelson and Eddy, are her three sons. Céline promised her ardent followers that she would someday make a comeback to the stage.
Céline’s SPS has presented many difficulties; the spasms it causes interfere with her daily activities, making it difficult for her to walk and limit her ability to use her voice box.
“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,” Céline said at the time her diagnosis was revealed. “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.”
The exact etiology of this complicated condition is unknown, which frequently leads to misdiagnosis or neglect until the patient’s symptoms worsen. Claudette Dion, Céline’s sister, showed her support by recognizing the singer’s resilience in managing her SPS, even in the face of the disorder’s lack of knowledge and resources.
“I am confident that life will give her back what she gave because she is an extremely intelligent woman, very generous and talented and in love with life as well. Rather than crying over her fate, I try to send her positive vibes in the hope that one day she will go back on stage. I truly believe in the power of love. I wish her the best of luck, that’s for sure,” Claudette said.
Unexpected appearance and a “classless” gesture
Céline, who had previously won the same title for her 1996 album Falling Into You, gave Taylor Swift the Album of the Year award at this year’s Grammy Awards for her album Midnights. Céline’s involvement in delivering the Album of the Year award further heightened the significance of the occasion, considering her impact on the music business.
However, several viewers thought that Céline and 34-year-old Taylor’s on-stage relationship lacked quality. Online outrage was generated by Taylor’s decision to accept the award from Céline without acknowledgment or any contact.
Taylor Swift just took the album of the year trophy from Celine Dion without batting an eye and acknowledging that a legendary was handing her the award. This woman is disgusting— Avid ( Fan Account ) (@avid_original) February 5, 2024
Many people expressed their dissatisfaction on social media channels. “Taylor Swift just took the album of the year trophy from Celine Dion without batting an eye and acknowledging that a legend was handing her the award. This woman is disgusting,” said a furious X (previously Twitter) user, accusing Taylor of contempt. “This woman is disgusting.”
Another tweet criticized Taylor’s actions, calling them “classless personified” because they seemed to be disregarding Céline’s presence at the Grammy Awards.
Some defended the “Anti-Hero” singer in spite of the criticism, speculating that Céline’s health may have had a role in her behavior.
“There’s a chance that Taylor (who is an aggressive hugger lol) was told not to touch Celine due to her syndrome. That’s why she probably waited until backstage. Taylor was also distracted right in the middle of getting the award from Celine. Give her a break,” someone wrote.
It’s possible that Taylor, who embraces people forcefully, was instructed not to touch Celine because of her syndrome. She most likely waited till backstage for this reason. Taylor was also sidetracked when Celine was giving her the prize. Give her a moment to relax.
After the awards show, Céline, Taylor, and her son René-Charles were shown backstage together. They were all grinning, which seemed to ease any tension or hostility between them.
Thus, it seems that there is no ill will between the two musicians despite the uproar surrounding their on-stage exchange.
Taylor became the first person to win Album of the Year four times, thanks to her Grammy victory! With this incredible accomplishment, only time will tell if Taylor can win a fifth title the following year.
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