Taylor Swift received backlash for ‘ignoring’ Celine Dion while accepting the award for Album of the Year at the Grammys on Sunday.
Dion made a surprise rare appearance at the ceremony, amid her battle with stiff-person syndrome, to present Swift, 34, with the honor – which she herself won 27 years ago.
Swift became the first person to win the accolade four times and excitingly made her way to the stage at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Dion, 55, handed her the award, but fans pointed out that Swift didn’t acknowledge her and didn’t make eye contact, quickly looking back to celebrate the moment with her collaborators instead.
However, there appeared to be no ill-feelings as the iconic pair later posed-up happily backstage.
Taylor Swift, 34, received backlash for ‘ignoring’ Celine Dion, 55, while accepting the award for Album of the Year at the Grammys on Sunday
Dion – who is battling with stiff-person syndrome – handed Swift the award, but fans pointed out that the singer didn’t acknowledge her, quickly looking back to celebrate the moment with her collaborators instead
‘Taylir Swift didn’t even hug or acknowledge Celine Dion. Can’t f*****g stand this t**t,’ one upset fan wrote on social media afterwards.
Taylor Swift completely ignoring Celine Dior like she was some trophy model presenter was #GRAMMYS was wild. She’s won this three times and usually such a pro. But to ignore an icon, who is dealing with so much? Yikes.’
‘As someone who has defended Taylor, I can’t defend this. No acknowledgment of Celine whatsoever,’ another added.
Dion was visibly emotional as she walked onstage with the support of eldest son Rene-Charles Angelil, 23, to cheers and a standing ovation and to present Album of the Year.
She said: ‘Thank you, all! I love you right back. You look beautiful. When I say I’m happy to be here, I really mean it from my heart.’
‘Those who have been blessed enough to be here at the Grammy Awards must never take for granted the tremendous love and joy that music brings to our lives and to people all around the world.’
‘And now it gives me great joy to present a Grammy Award that two legends Diana Ross and Sting presented to me 27 years ago. These are the outstanding nominees for album of the year.’
Celine then announced Swift’s acclaimed album Midnights had won the award – making Grammy history as she won the award for the fourth time.
Swift didn’t make eye contact with Dion, as she quickly grabbed the award
She became the first person to win the accolade four times
Fans quickly took online to express their thoughts as they called Swift out for ignoring the music icon