I know, I know, I know. This song is the cheesiest. But last night at the Billboard Music Awards, Celine commemorated the 20th anniversary of Titanic by singing "My Heart Will Go On," and shut it on down.
FIRST OF ALL, let's discuss the fact that it's somehow been TWENTY FREAKING YEARS since that movie came out. HOW!? I don't like that AT ALL. I was 8 when it was released and saw it in theaters twice. Lest you judge my parents for taking me to this movie at that age, everyone. was. seeing it. And yes. If everyone was jumping off a bridge, I would, too.
Seriously though, It blows my mind that it's been two decades since we all sobbed over Jack and Rose together. Also been two decades since I stood in front of my bathroom mirror and sang this song about 500 times in a row, complete with a vocalized version of the flute. How many kids did you know that learned the piano part to this song? How much did you want to blow your brains out when you'd walk into a choir room and someone would sit down and play those opening notes? "Dun dun DUN DUN...dun dun. Dun dun DUN DUN....dun dun." You know it. You're totally singing it in your head.
Either way, when she took the stage last night, it transported me back to being in third grade. Celine is also just a hell of a vocalist, proving that you actually CAN age gracefully as an artist and still maintain your talent - if that's your priority. Lookin' at you, Mariah Carey.
Celine, on the other hand, sounds pretty much exactly the same as she did twenty years ago, which is no small thing.
Secondly, let's discuss how sweet this song is given that Celine lost her husband rather recently to cancer, and how it has new meaning form her.
Thirdly, let's discuss the fact that the crowd was basically in an ovation for a daggum half hour.
Sorry for the weird, multiple versions of this video - Billboard hasn't posted an official one yet, but I'll change it if I find a better one.
In the meantime, enjoy.