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Watch Celine Dion’s Soulful, Impromptu Singalong With Sonyae Elise Backstage at the 2024 Grammy Awards

Celine Dion couldn’t help breaking out into song at Sunday night’s 2024 Grammy Awards. Though the pop superstar has not performed in public since her 2022 reveal of a diagnosis of Stiff Person Syndrome, after a surprise appearance during the broadcast to present the evening’s final award — Taylor Swift’s record-breaking fourth album of the year trophy — the Canadian siren proved she hasn’t lost a note in a backstage video.

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The clip posted by R&B singer Sonyae Elise, 26, on Tuesday captured the two vocalists doing a soulful duet amid the behind-the-scenes activity, with Elise clearly savoring the opportunity to harmonize and ad-lib as she and Dion, 55, took turns crooning the line “ain’t no tellin’ the world.”

“Highlights of an ICONIC night [champagne flute emoji] So inspired & proud of my girls,” Elise captioned the video montage. The video also featured footage of the 2021 Grammy nominee hanging backstage and goofing around with SZA and Victoria Monét and filming Swift accepting her best pop vocal album Grammy for Midnights before surprise-announcing her upcoming The Tortured Poets Department album. The montage also included a clip of Dion singing to a delighted Stevie Wonder backstage.

Dion revealed in Dec. 2022 that she had been diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder that can cause uncontrolled muscle spasms that make it difficult to move. The “Power of Love” singer then postponed all of her planned 2023 tour dates — before canceling the outing — and retreated from the public eye amid a difficult period in which her sister, Claudette, revealed that the star had “no control” of her muscles.

During her onstage appearance and backstage videos from the Grammys, though, Dion showed no signs of weakness or difficulty singing. Before the Grammy pop-in, Dion was most recently seen in public at an NHL game in November in Las Vegas to support her hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens.

Watch Elise’s video below.

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