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Céline Dion's surprising next chapter

Today on Front Burner, music writer and critic Carl Wilson talks about Céline Dion’s "Célinaissance," the new cultural mania around one of Canada’s most successful — and often most derided — recording artists.
Camp is...Céline Dion? The Canadian superstar walks the pink carpet at the 2019 Met Gala. (Getty Images)

Céline Dion is one of Canada's most successful recording artists — and according to some, the country's most culturally unappreciated star. But lately, she has found herself in a strange new place: people aren't snickering at her music or even hiding the fact that they like her. In fact, she's become a meme-able national treasure, an even bigger LGBTQ icon and a fashion plate for cutting-edge designers — a veritable "Célinaissance."

On Front Burner, guest host Elamin Abdelmahmoud is joined by Carl Wilson, a music critic for Slate and the author of Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, to discuss the Canadian icon.


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