Celine fans Dion gathered outside the offices The rolling stone on Friday afternoon to protest the exclusion of the superstar singer from our recent list of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time.
A small but raucous cadre of Dion devotees sang, shouted and held signs reading “How can you forget Celine?”, “Power to Celine”, “Justice for Celine”, “Celine is not alone anymore” and “I Drove all night to be here!” ” However, our personal favorite was definitely “Rolling Stone Is Stoned”, which was also a popular sing-along between songs.
The protest appears to have been organized by a group of Dion fans calling themselves the Red Heads, with videos of them preparing the posters appearing on Instagram fan account @celinedionaddicts_official. The group’s founder, Line Basbous, was in attendance and said most of the group had traveled from Canada to speak out “on behalf of Celine”.
“Obviously, you made a big mistake in forgetting her name on the big list you published last week,” Basbous said The rolling stoneis Ilana Woldenberg. “We wanted to make sure you understood that you missed the best singer in the world.
“She should be the first name on your list,” she added.
These videos also featured French-Canadian broadcaster Julie Snyder, who appeared outside of our offices, holding a microphone for her own TV show and trying to get the conversation going. RS reporters. (With that in mind, it wasn’t exactly clear how much of this whole thing was an organized stunt.)
“She’s won an Oscar, a Grammy and an American Music Award,” Snyder said, mentioning some of Dion’s famous performances, such as the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the Tribute to Heroes after the 9/11 attacks. “You forgot about her! You guys are stoned, that’s okay!’
Woldenberg also asked Snyder about the decision to hold this Jan. 6 protest. (As it happened, across the street from RS office at the New York Public Library, urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to indict those involved in the January 6 uprising).
“Yes, it’s very important, the second protest, we believe in the second one,” Snyder said. “But we also think that we can protest with our heart and our song and that a song can help people get better… But you work for the music industry, even if today is a sad day for you.”
Another protester entered the building and asked to be interviewed RSEditor-in-Chief Noah Shachtman in an effort to provide him with a DVD of Celine’s best moments.
As for what the protesters hoped to achieve, Snyder was candid: “We hope that The rolling stone they’ll admit they made a mistake.”
The personal protest came after a week of grumbling by Dion stans after the list went up on January 1. But we’re nothing if not consistent in this publication’s defense: Dion didn’t appear on our original 2018 list of the 100 Greatest Singers — even though the mononymous 1960s crooner Dion did (and did so a second time at No. 154).
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