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Celine Dion: Lady Gaga's legacy reaches well beyond show business

Celine Dion has penned a profile on Lady Gaga after she was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2019.

FILE: Lady Gaga accepts an award onstage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on 10 February 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Picture: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy/AFP

LONDON - Celine Dion has penned an impassioned profile about Lady Gaga star for Time magazine after she made the publication's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2019 list.

The 51-year-old superstar heaped praise on the 33-year-old singer and actress for always marching to the "beat of her own drum" and using her individuality to express herself without allowing critics of her outrageous style at the start of her career to faze her.

The French-Canadian singer wrote: "I love Lady Gaga, and I think she's got one of the greatest voices in the world: powerful, convincing, passionate and sensitive. She's definitely one of the most inventive artists we've ever seen. Her artistic expression has no rules, no boundaries. When she first came on the scene with her outrageous style, she didn't care what the critics said. She marched to the beat of her own drum, knowing that her message of individuality was a way to express her inner strength."

Dion also applauded the Million Reasons singer for using her platform and powerful influence to help the lives of her fans and for her unstoppable support towards the LGBTQ+ community and victims of bullying.

She continued: "What makes her even more special, and such a powerful influence on society is that she empowers her fans to adopt the very same values in their lives - to stand up for what they believe in, despite what others might think. By doing so, she gives her followers the strength and confidence to believe in themselves. Whether it's her unstoppable support for the LGBTQ community or her anti-bullying campaigning, Lady Gaga's voice is being heard where it really counts."

And the Think Twice hitmaker believes Gaga's legacy will last for generations.

Dion added: "Yes, she's an amazing musician, composer, performer and, as we saw in A Star Is Born, an incredible actress, but her legacy reaches well beyond show business. She will continue to inspire love and freedom around the world, for generations to come. (sic)"

Several other stars wrote about their peers, including Shawn Mendes on Taylor Swift, while Beyonce profiled Michelle Obama.

The likes of Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson, Sandra Oh, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Regina King, Mahershala Ali, Yalitza Aparicio, Glenn Close, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Spike Lee, Ryan Murphy, Khalid, Gayle King and Richard Madden also made the prestigious list.

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