Before she joined Smokey Robinson, Usher, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson on stage to perform ‘Earth Song’, Celine Dion spoke with great feeling and deep emotion about her feelings following Michael’s death. She said she felt sad, angry, honoured and emotional all at the same time.
Celine had met Michael personally and having seen ‘This Is It’, she was aware that Michael was “on top of his gig”, and in tip top shape for his upcoming concerts. “I wanted the same life-show business,” she explained. “I wanted to sing onstage like him…I wanted to be onstage someday with Michael Jackson, especially (to) sing onstage with him maybe one day.”
Celine added that she didn’t want to meet Michael and be unable to tell him how honoured she was because of a language barrier. “It was because of him in a way that I went to school to learn English,” she said. “It is, because I’m not only a fan, but I knew him personally a little bit, I met with him, and it’s difficult to know that he was doing perfectly well and that he’s no longer with us. It’s just heartbreaking.”
“Michael was not only a great musician, he was a great dancer, he was a great visionary, he had every instrument inside of his body, he knew exactly what he wanted to hear, what he wanted to do, he was feeling everything. I hear ‘HOO,”‘ she added, imitating Michael’s signature high-pitched flourish. “I hear this, it’s not even a song, but for me it means everything… He was very, very special. I’m a big fan of Michael Jackson, period. That’s all I can say.”