Celine Dion received a standing ovation at Sunday’s Grammy Awards after making a surprise appearance onstage.
It was a rare moment for Dion since she was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition.
Stiff Person Syndrome is a disease that affects the brain and causes muscles to stiffen uncontrollably.
In December 2022, Dion announced her diagnosis in an Instagram video.
The pop superstar canceled concerts after the diagnosis, and has not been seen much in public.
But Dion did attend the Grammys this year, where she presented the most prestigious award, album of the year, to Taylor Swift.
Here’s what Dion and her family have said about her health in recent years.
October 2021 to April 2022: Celine Dion begins postponing shows.
Fans started worrying about Dion’s health after the singer began postponing concerts.
In October 2021, Dion said she would delay her Las Vegas residency show at the new Resorts World Theatre. Per a statement, Dion couldn’t perform because she was “experiencing severe and persistent muscle spasms.”
“Now, I have to focus on getting better… I want to get through this as soon as I can,” Dion wrote in an Instagram post.
In January 2022, Dion canceled her remaining North American shows for her Courage World Tour, which had been delayed since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She again cited her muscle spasms.
“I’ll be so glad to get back to full health, as well as all of us getting past this pandemic, and I can’t wait to be back on stage again,” Dion said.
A few months on, in April 2022, she recorded a video for fans saying she was delaying the European leg of the tour as well.
“The good news is that I am doing a little bit better, but it’s going very slow, and it’s very frustrating for me,” she said in the video.
Dion eventually canceled the whole tour in May 2023.
December 2022: Celine Dion says she has Stiff Person Syndrome.
In another video, Dion revealed the diagnosis, which she claimed she received recently.
“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,” Dion stated with tears welling up in her eyes.
Dion stated that she was working with a team of doctors and sports medicine therapists in the hopes of performing again.
“I only know how to sing. “It’s what I’ve always done, and it’s what I enjoy doing the most,” she explained.
According to Marianne Guenot of Business Insider, there is currently no known cure for Stiff Person Syndrome. Instead, symptoms are managed with muscle relaxants and sedatives.
July-December 2023: Dion’s sister Claudette gave updates on her sister’s behalf.
In July 2023, Dion’s older sister, Claudette Dion, told Canada’s Le Journal de Montréal that the family was struggling to find a medication that worked.
“I honestly believe she needs to rest. She always goes above and beyond, striving to be the best and on top of her game,” she stated.
Claudette stated that her other sister Linda had moved in with Dion.
Later that year, Claudette told the French-Canadian magazine 7 Jours that her sister was unable to control her muscles.
“It breaks my heart that she has always been disciplined. “She has always worked hard,” she stated in December 2023.
Claudette went on to say that she hoped her sister could perform again, but she wasn’t sure how.
“The vocal cords are muscles, and the heart is also a muscle,” she went on to explain.
January 2024: Celine Dion announces a new documentary about her career, and a plan to perform again.
In January, Dion announced that Amazon MGM Studios had acquired the rights to “I Am: Celine Dion,” a documentary about her career.
Dion stated that it would feature a behind-the-scenes look at her struggles with Stiff Person Syndrome.
She expressed her hope that the documentary would raise awareness and assist others with the condition.
“This last couple of years has been such a challenge for me, the journey from discovering my condition to learning how to live with and manage it, but not to let it define me,” she said.
In the statement, Dion mentioned “the road to resuming my performing career,” implying that she intends to return.
However, she did not provide a timeframe. It is also unclear when the documentary will be released.
February 2024: Dion presents the album of the year award at the 2024 Grammys.
Dion was invited to present the album of the year award at the Grammys on Sunday. Dion, accompanied by her son René-Charles Angélil, walked onstage to a standing ovation from the audience.
“Thank you, everyone. “I love you right back,” Dion replied. “When I say that I’m happy to be here, I really mean it from my heart.”
“Those who have been blessed enough to be here at the Grammy Awards must never take it for granted, the tremendous love and joy that music brings to our lives and to people all around the world,” she told the audience.
She awarded Taylor Swift the top prize for her album “Midnights.”