Even people who aren’t huge Celine Dion fans are familiar with at least some of her songs. Why is that? Because a large portion of the Canadian singer’s fortune has come from songs that were added to the soundtracks of some of the most profitable movies ever made. For example, a Celine Dion song was the theme song for “Titanic,” one of the highest grossest movies of all time. The “Titanic” theme song, “My Heart Will Go On,” was included in the “Songs of the Century
” list by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America. Not far behind “Titanic” came a Disney movie titled “Beauty and the Beast
,” which also had a Celine Dion song that won a Grammy for the songstress.
In her storied career, Celine
has won five Grammy Awards, 12 World Music Awards, six American Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, and countless other awards
. In addition to her awards, she’s one of the most successful singers of all time in terms of money earned. According to Celebrity Net Worth
, Celine is worth almost $800 million, which puts her in league with legendary entertainers like the Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Elton John. Interestingly, Celine may not have made her way into the hearts of Americans and a global audience if she hadn’t decided that she needed to learn English. See, as a French Canadian, her native tongue is French, and she didn’t learn how to speak English until 1988. She learned specifically because she wanted to sing for American audiences. When she released her first English-language album in 1990, it was a hit. To hear her speak in English and sing in English, you’d never guess she’s not a native speaker.
Besides the language barrier, Celine had other issues to overcome. She grew up in a very poor but happy family, and she didn’t finish high school. However, it’s obvious that none of this has slowed this lady down. She’s a powerhouse and an international superstar.
Below, watch her sing one of her hits, a song that was first recorded by the rock group “Heart” but was made famous by Celine Dion.