Celine Dion, facing a rare neurological condition called Stiff Person Syndrome, made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards, earning a standing ovation. The 55-year-old singer, who has been battling muscle spasms affecting her ability to walk and sing, presented the Album of the Year award to Taylor Swift.
Dion, rarely seen in public since her diagnosis, emphasized the joy of being at the Grammys and shared the importance of music in our lives. Swift, among those standing in respect, later received criticism for a brief acknowledgment of Dion on stage. Despite this, the two artists posed for pictures backstage.
Stiff Person Syndrome causes muscle stiffening and spasms triggered by stimuli like loud noises. Dion canceled her Courage world tour after revealing her diagnosis in December 2022. In a recent press statement, she expressed the desire to raise awareness about the condition through an upcoming documentary on Amazon Prime Video.
Swift’s win marked her fourth Album of the Year Grammy, the most for any artist. Dion’s surprise appearance added a touching moment to the night, showcasing her resilience amid health challenges.