Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Little Caesars Arena
Oh, Canada! We have many things to thank you for but chief among them – or at least high on the list – must be Celine Dion. Celine Marie Claudette Dion hails from Charlemagne, Quebec, and was releasing French-language albums by the time she reached her teens. She won the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. But it was in 1990 that she released her first English-language album and she did not fail to impress.
Her first single from the album Unison was “Where Does My Heart Beat Now,” a top-ten hit. The following year, Dion sang the theme song to the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast with rhythm and blues crooner Peabo Bryson. It was another top-ten hit and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Other hits such as “If You Asked me To,” “The Power of Love,” “Think Twice” and “Because You Loved Me” were released and sold millions. In between her English-speaking albums Dion continued to release albums in French and those sold millions as well.
In 1997 would be one arguably her most succesful year yet when she once again sang a theme song for a film. This time it was “My Heart Will Go On,” the theme from the blockbuster “Titanic.” The song was a worldwide hit and became Dion’s theme song. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and earned Dion two additional Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance and the illustrious Record of the Year. The song, one of the best-selling singles of all time, would go on to sell over 15 million records.
Dion would continue to record and went on to have one of the most successful Vegas residencies of all time with her long-running show, titled “A New Day,” at the 4,000-seat Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. The four-year residency grossed over $385 million and a drew more than 3 million people to 717 shows.