Why Grace Slick Called Celine Dion’s Songs ‘Stupid’

For some listeners, the instrumentals in a song might sound better than the lyrics or the vocals. Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick is among those who hold this preference. In 2017, Slick listed her favorite women artists, who she believed aged gracefully. However, she did refer to one of the singer’s songs as ‘stupid.’

Among the singers she named, the one in question was Celine Dion. Slick named the artists and shared her thoughts on them one by one:

“As far as just a good set of pipes obviously Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga has a pretty good voice. What they’re saying may or may not be relevant. But just the instrument itself, like an Amati, an Italian violin, is nothing unless somebody plays it.”

The singer shared her opinion on what she believes is ‘corny’ about Dion:

“So Celine Dion has a beautiful instrument, her songs are kind of stupid, but her instrument is good. I’d love it if somebody would write her some good songs. Or she’ll sing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ and she’ll pound with her fist on her heart and I’ll think, ‘Oh, don’t do that, you’re voice is good enough you don’t have to be corny.’ Stand there and sing.”

Slick mentioned another singer who did something similar to what she considers not ‘corny,’ in contrast to what Dion did. She went on to say:

“Whitney Houston did that, we were rehearsing for some award show, this is about 25, 30 years ago, she came into the rehearsal and she stood in the middle of the stage and sang the song. She just sang the song, and she has the voice to do that. She doesn’t need exploding chickens or midgets running around, she just sings.”

Besides Dion, Slick named another name with a ‘knockout’ voice. The singer also gave tips on what the other singers could do if their voice is not very good, and even named an example. She explained:

“And if you don’t have a very good voice, then get a lot of dancers like Britney Spears, have them march around. There are all kinds of ways of doing it, and everybody belongs. Britney Spears is fine. But if you’ve got that voice box that’s just a knockout like Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand and those people, you don’t need dancing girls. You can just stand there and sing, and it’s mesmerizing.”

So, even if the singer doesn’t particularly enjoy every type of song or Dion’s style, her appreciation for the singer’s vocal abilities is evident.