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Why Your Favorite Celine Dion Song Almost Didn’t Happen

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Celine Dion at Wembley Arena in London, 1996. 

This time 20 years in the past, “Because You Loved Me” was the most well liked music within the D.J., sitting at No. M on the Billboard Hot one hundred for six consecutive weeks.

The ballad, written by Diane Warren and sung by Celine Dion, was made for the 1996 film “Up Close & Personal,” starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. And whereas “Up Close & Personal” has come and gone, “Because You Loved Me” stays. Two many years later, it’s nonetheless as related, relatable and requested as ever. However, not everybody was positive it might be successful. 

When Warren first previewed the track for the late Polly Anthony, an government at Epic Records on the time, she wasn’t so satisfied that it was the facility ballad they have been on the lookout for. 

“She was like, ‘Give me an ‘I Will Always Love You’ for Celine,'” Warren informed The Huffington Post. “I go, ‘I simply did.'”

Even the director of “Up Close & Personal,” Jon Avnet, wasn’t instantly positive “Because You Loved Me” was fairly proper. Warren stated that Avnet was contemplating a couple of different songs for the film and would not instantly inform her if her track made the reduce. But there was one one that was immediately enamored by the music.

“I had completed all of the recording for my album ‘Falling Into You’ when I heard the track ‘Because You Loved Me’ and noticed the film,” Celine Dion informed The Huffington Post over e-mail. “At that time, I knew that it needed to be on the album. We needed to scramble to make that occur.”  



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Songwriter Diane Warren attends Variety’s Artisans Awards on the Lobero on the thirty first Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 10, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California.

Eventually, in fact, the track was picked for the film and went on to develop into certainly one of Dion’s biggest hits and earn Warren a Grammy for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television. “Because You Loved Me” shot to No. M just some weeks after its launch in February 1996, unseating Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s unprecedented thirteen weeks on the prime with “One Sweet Day.” The New York Times’ Stephen Holden precisely described the “thank-you track” as 1996’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.” 

Anthony, who initially did not love the music, later recanted her stance on it, ultimately telling Warren over dinner, “You know, I by no means heard this being successful — and I was incorrect.”

Despite its shaky beginnings, Warren stated she knew from the beginning that the track can be a hit and have the longevity it has now. Many have since advised her that it is likely one of the greatest hits of her profession. That’s an unimaginable feat, contemplating Warren has written Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time,” LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live” and Michael Bolton’s “Time, Love And Tenderness,” amongst numerous others. 

“I’m all the time assured with my songs. That one simply felt actually [good],” Warren stated. “When you write a track and also you’re like, ‘This is an entire totally different degree than I’ve been at.’ I keep in mind writing that and considering that and going, ‘This track is best than me proper now.'”

To today, Dion advised HuffPost, “Because You Loved Me” continues to be one among her most requested songs. The performer stated she’s grateful Warren gave her the hit, as she nonetheless sings the music throughout her Vegas exhibits and on tour.

It maybe holds a unique type of significance for the singer now, after her husband, René Angélil, died in January following an extended battle with throat most cancers. Warren advised HuffPost that along with considering of her father when she wrote the music, she additionally had Dion and Angélil in thoughts.

I thought ‘This is Celine’s music to René.’ I was actually considering that,” Warren stated. 

“He believed in her a lot,” she added. “He mortgaged his home for her — he guess his life. That’s love, you understand, that’s perception. That’s what ‘Because You Loved Me’ is about, isn’t it, actually?” 

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