Music legend Celine Dion made a surprise appearance at the GRAMMYs!
The 55-year-old who is living with a rare neurological condition called Stiff Person Syndrome, took to the stage to present the Album of the Year award. She was met with a standing ovation from the audience which included Taylor Swift who ultimately won the award.
“Thank you all. I love you right back,” Celine said. “When I say I’m happy to be here, I really mean it from my heart.”
She continued, “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.”
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Celine shared her diagnosis with fans in December, 2022.
“I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time and it’s been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through,” she said at the time.
“Recently I have been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called Stiff Person Syndrome which affects something like one in a million people. While we are still learning about this rare condition we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms I’ve been having.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, the condition also known as Moersch-Woltman Syndrome, is a rare disorder of “motor function characterised by involuntary stiffness of axial muscles and superimposed painful muscle spasms, which are often induced by startle or emotional stimuli.”
Celine explained the syndrome is affecting “every aspect” of her daily life including walking and using her vocal chords to sing but has “a great team of doctors” beside her as well as her sons, who are supporting her through her care.
“I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again. But I have to admit, it’s been a struggle. All I know is singing. It’s what I’ve done all my life and what I love to do the most.”
(Feature Image Credit: Getty Images for The Recording Academy)