Celine Dion first gained international recognition in the 1980s
by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival
and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. Following a series of
French albums in the early 1980s, she signed on to CBS Records
Canada in 1986. During the 1990s she achieved worldwide fame
after signing with Epic Records and releasing several English
albums along with additional French albums, becoming one of the
most successful artists in pop music history.
Celine Dion's music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock
and R&B to gospel and classical. While her releases have often
received mixed critical reception, she is renowned for her technically
skilled and powerful vocals. Dion is the best-selling Canadian artist
of all time, is the second best-selling female artist in the US during
the Nielsen Sound Scan era, and is the only female artist to have
two singles sell more than a million copies in the UK.