Céline Dion, the ADISQ Controversy, and the Anglophone Press in Canada

David Young

Abstract


Abstract: ADISQ, the organization that honours excellence in the Quebec music industry, gave francophone singer Céline Dion an award for being the Anglophone Artist of the Year in 1990. At the ADISQ gala that year, which was televised live across Canada, Dion refused to accept the award. Dion's decision to not accept the award, and the statement she made when turning it down, became the basis for a controversy that received a great deal of coverage in Canada's anglophone press. This paper examines anglophone press coverage of the ADISQ controversy involving Dion. After outlining press coverage of Dion and ADISQ during the years prior to the controversy, the paper identifies how the controversy began and analyses the issues that dominated the coverage. The paper also examines follow-up coverage of the controversy; it identifies how subsequent news stories on Dion, including some that were written several years later, linked the controversy to other issues. Résumé: L'ADISQ, l'organisme qui reconnaît l'excellence dans l'industrie de la musique au Québec, accorda à la chanteuse francophone Céline Dion le prix du Meilleur Artiste anglophone de l'année 1990. Au gala de l'ADISQ cette année-là-qui fut télévisé en direct partout au Canada-Dion a refusé d'accepter le prix. Cette décision, ainsi que les commentaires que Dion a faites en refusant le prix, suscitèrent une controverse qui fit couler beaucoup d'encre dans la presse anglophone au Canada. Cet article examine comment la presse anglophone a couvert cette controverse de l'ADISQ impliquant Dion. Après avoir tracé les grandes lignes des reportages sur Dion et l'ADISQ dans les années précédant la controverse, cet article identifie comment la controverse commença et analyse les questions qui dominèrent dans la couverture de celle-ci. Cet article examine en outre la couverture suivant la controverse; il identifie comment des reportages ultérieurs sur Dion, y compris certains qui apparurent plusieurs années plus tard, associèrent la controverse à d'autres sujets.

Keywords


Journalism; Anglophone press; ADISQ; Céline Dion;

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.1999v24n4a1124

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