Celine Dion made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards despite her struggle with the rare neurological disorder Stiff Person Syndrome.
The 55-year-old singer received a standing ovation when she took the stage to give the album of the year award.
“Thank you everyone… “When I say I’m happy to be here, I truly mean it,” Dion stated.
She awarded the honour to Taylor Swift for her album Midnights.
My Heart Will Go On. Singer was joined onstage by her son to deliver the night’s top prize of the year, 27 years after Diana Ross and Stinger presented it to her, she added.
“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 crowd.
Swift was one of many who stood up for Dion when she stepped on stage and sang her hit song The Power of Love.
Although she later received criticism online for only briefly acknowledging Dion as she handed her her trophy, instead conversing excitedly with her partners on stage.
Swift and Dion later took photographs together.
When Dion revealed her diagnosis in December 2022, she mentioned muscle spasms that made it difficult for her to walk and prevented her from using her vocal cords to sing normally. She later cancelled her Courage World Tour.
The primary symptoms of SPS are muscle stiffness and spasming, which can be induced by environmental stimuli such as loud noises and then subside after the stimulus is removed.
There is currently no treatment for SPS, but it can be treated with muscle relaxants and sedatives.
Since her diagnosis, the star has been rarely seen in public. In November, she made her first public appearance in three years, singing a few notes at a hockey game in Las Vegas.
Last month, it was announced that an Amazon Prime Video documentary would follow the singer as she copes with her illness.
The Because You Loved Me star said in a press statement: “This last couple of years has been such a challenge for me, the road from finding my disease to learning how to live with and manage it, but not let it define me.
“As the journey to restarting my performance career progresses, I realise how much I miss seeing my fans.
“During this absence, I decided I wanted to document this part of my life, to try to raise awareness of this little-known condition, to help others who share this diagnosis.”
Throughout her 40-year career, the vocal powerhouse has sold over 250 million albums and received five Grammy Awards.