CÃ©line Dion is such a massive, well-known star these days, it’s hard to imagine a time when she wasn’t world-famous! With a voice like hers (and a lovable personality, too!), it’s no wonder she’s found years of success. But how did it all start?
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It turns out– back in 1991– CÃ©line was chosen to sing a “radio-friendly” arrangement of the “Beauty and the Beast” theme song. The theme was released as the only single from the film’s soundtrack.
Disney loved CÃ©line’s voice, but they didn’t want to take too big of a risk on what they considered an obscure singer, so they had CÃ©line record the theme as a duet with popular singer Peabo Bryson.
The song was a huge success! Both CÃ©line’s version and Angela Lansbury’s classic rendition of the song— sung as Mrs. Potts– went on to win Grammy awards and garner praise from critics.
But the song wasn’t just a hit for Disney, it was a huge success for CÃ©line Dion. It firmly established her as a bankable recording artist and launched her career!
In the video below, CÃ©line performs in concert. The clip below is taken out of a roughly 10-minute medley of her hits: “Because You Loved Me,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “My Heart Will Go On.” While the entire medley is gorgeous, the “Beauty and the Beast” is particularly powerful… even CÃ©line starts to get choked up!
Singer Brian McKnight was in the audience, so CÃ©line invited him to the stage to help her cover the song that initially made her famous. And what a duet!
Check out their powerful voices below.
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