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Celine Dion, CC OQ ChLD (/din/;[2] French: [selin dj]; born Cline Marie Claudette

Dion; 30 March 1968) is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. Born into a large
family from Charlemagne, Quebec, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking
world after her manager and future husband Ren Anglil mortgaged his home to
finance her first record. Dion first gained international recognition in the 1980s by
winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision
Song Contest where she represented Switzerland. Following a series of French albums
during the 1980s, she signed on to Epic Records in the United States. In 1990, Dion
released her debut English-language album, Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop
artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world.

During the 1990s, with the help of Anglil, she achieved worldwide fame after releasing
several English albums along with additional French albums. Her albums, Falling into
You (1996) and Let's Talk About Love (1997), were both certified diamond in the US
while D'eux (1995) became the best-selling French-language album of all time. She also
scored a series of international number-one hits, including "Nothing Broken but My
Heart", "The Power of Love", "Think Twice", "Because You Loved Me", "It's All
Coming Back to Me Now", "My Heart Will Go On", and "I'm Your Angel". However,
in 1999 at the height of her success, Dion announced a hiatus from entertainment to
start a family and spend time with her husband, who had been diagnosed with cancer.
She returned to the top of pop music in 2002 and signed to perform nightly in A New
Day... (200307), a five-star theatrical show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, on the
Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It became the most successful residency show of
all time, grossing US $385 million.

Dion's music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel and
classical. Her recordings are mainly in French and English, although she also sings in
Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. While her releases
have often received mixed critical reception, she is regarded as one of pop music's most
influential voices. Dion has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year
and Record of the Year. She is the second best-selling female artist in the US during the
Nielsen SoundScan era. In 2003, Dion was honoured by the International Federation of
the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for selling over 50 million albums in Europe. Dion
remains the best-selling Canadian artist and one of the best-selling artists of all time
with record sales of over 200 million copies worldwide.