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Dion fans protest Rolling Stone snub

by Joyce Remo

FANS of the “Priestess of Pop” Celine Dion protested in the streets of New York to show their dismay over the singer’s exclusion from the Rolling Stone “200 Greatest Singers” list.

In response to the protest, the publication said it had been “nothing but consistent” as the pop singer did not also appear in its 2018 list of 100 greatest singers.

In a Twitter post, a user shared a video of fans holding placards and chanting outside the Rolling Stone office in New York on Friday. 

This came after the American magazine failed to include the My Heart Will Go On singer in its list of greatest singers of all time published on January 1.

Fans called this exclusion the “greatest snub” of all time. 

Rolling Stone initially wrote in the introduction of the article that the list was composed of the greatest singers, not the greatest voices. 

“Before you start scrolling (and commenting), keep in mind that this is the Greatest Singers list, not the Greatest Voices List. Talent is impressive; genius is transcendent,” it said.

However, it did not sit well with fans that Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, who are part of the “vocal trinity” along with Dion, placed second and fifth in the list. 

The upset fans that protested in New York held signs that read “How Can You Forget Celine?”, “Justice for Celine,” “Celine is no longer by herself,” and “Rolling Stone is stoned.”

Dion’s fans, who call themselves “Red Heads,” have shared photos of them making their protest signs through their Facebook fan page.

Screengrab from The Red Heads Facebook page

At least 15 dedicated soldiers from Dion’s fan club joined the protest to “defend Celine Dion.” Fans reportedly traveled for over six hours from Montreal, Canada to New York City to gather in front of the Rolling Stone office.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the fan group’s founder Line Basbous said the magazine made a “big mistake” in forgetting to include Dion in their list.

“Obviously, you made a big mistake forgetting her name on the big list you published last week,” Basbous said. “We wanted to make sure that you understand that you missed the best singer in the world.”

Some fans also expressed their disappointment over the list, saying it was invalid without Dion in it.

Celine Dion fans want the magazine to admit that it made a mistake for snubbing the singer.

Celine Dion is a Canadian singer known for her powerful and technically skilled vocals. She gained fame for her hit songs including The Power of Love (1993), It’s All Coming Back to Me Now (1996), Because You Loved Me (1998), and the 1997 film Titanic’s theme song My Heart Will Go On.

Throughout her career, she received five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, 12 World Music Awards, 20 Juno Awards, 50 Felix Awards, and more.

Banner courtesy: Screengrab from Andy Swift’s Twitter video



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