Celine Dion Delights Grammys Audience With Surprise Appearance Despite Battling Neurological Disorder.

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Celine Dion made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 5, and it’s making fans hopeful that she’ll make a comeback after her SPS diagnosis.

The legendary singer took the stage to present the final award, Album of the Year, which went to Taylor Swift’s Midnights. Before revealing the winner, Celine accepted a standing ovation and offered a brief speech.

“Thank you all, I love you right back,” she said. “…When I say that I’m happy to be here, I really mean it, from my heart.”  

“Those who have been blessed enough to be here, the Grammy Awards, must never take for granted the tremendous love and joy that music bring to our lives and to people all around the world,” she continued.

Following the ceremony, Celine’s fans jumped on social media to praise her for her determination and courage.

Celine Dion has always held a special place in my heart,” one person wrote. “Her strength is inspiring and she has been through so much in her life.”

“Till the end of time, she is in my admiration the sweet Celine Dion,” another fan added. “I’m glad the treatment and medication are working. You look beautiful!!!”

Celine Dion Suffers From Stiff Person Syndrome

Celine Dion was diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS) in December 2022. The incredibly rare neurological disease causes progressive muscle stiffness and painful muscle spasms. It primarily affects the lower back and upper legs. However, it can affect other muscles, including those used to speak and swallow, according to Yale University’s Dr. Kunal Desai.

Only one to two people out of one million will suffer from SPS.

“This last couple of years has been such a challenge for me, the journey from discovering my condition to learning how to live with and manage it, but not to let it define me,” Celine Dion said in a press release. “As the road to resuming my performing career continues, I have realized how much I have missed it, of being able to see my fans. During this absence, I decided I wanted to document this part of my life, to try to raise awareness of this little-known condition, to help others who share this diagnosis.”

In the past, Celine Dion shared that her condition doesn’t allow her to sing the way she used to, however, she offered new hope during her Grammys appearance. After announcing the upcoming documentary I Am: Celine Dion, which chronicles her battle with SPS, she said she’s feeling confident that she will be able to perform again in the future.

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