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Fury as Celine Dion is excluded from Rolling Stone best singers list


Fury as Celine Dion is excluded from Rolling Stone best singers list


Fans of Celine Dion are upset after the singer was left off Rolling Stone’s 200 Greatest Singers of All Time list, which was released on Sunday.

The list features Aretha Franklin at the top, followed by Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, and Prince.

Dion’s fans took to social media to express their disappointment, with actress Yvette Nicole Brown writing on Twitter: “They got THE @MichaelJackson way down at EIGHTY-SIX?! and no @CelineDion at ALL?!”

Another Twitter user who disagreed with the list wrote: “Rolling Stone but (sic) Taylor Swift in the Top 200 vocalists but didn’t even mention Celine Dion or Janet Jackson. And they put Rihanna ABOVE Kelly Clarkson?????”

Yet another tweeted: “Look… you can argue Celine Dion’s music is not your cup of tea and that’s fair … But to say that Celine Dion is not among all-time greatest singers is unbelievable.”

Rolling Stone tried to manage expectations in its introduction to the list, stating: “Before you start scrolling (and commenting), keep in mind that this is the Greatest Singers list, not the Greatest Voices list.”

“Talent is impressive; genius is transcendent. Sure, many of the people here were born with massive pipes, perfect pitch, and boundless range. Others have rougher, stranger, or more delicate instruments.”

The publication explained that the list, which began as the 100 Greatest Singers list in 2008 and gets updated every year, was compiled by staff and key contributors, “and it encompasses 100 years of pop music as an ongoing global conversation.”

Selections were made after considering “originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalogue, and the breadth of their musical legacy.”

As a result, the list includes Billie Eilish at 198, Elton John at 100, Courtney Love at 130, Bono at 140 and Lady Gaga at 58.

BTS member Jungkook is also included on the list at No 191, but the rest of the group’s members – RM, V, Jimin, J-hope, Suga and Jin – did not make the cut.

Celine Dion recently announced that she is suffering from a rare neurological disorder called Stiff-Person Syndrome, which causes muscle rigidity and increased sensitivity to sound, touch and emotional stimuli that can catalyze muscle spasms.

This has led to the cancellation and postponement of several shows.

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