At the 1998 Billboard Music Awards, country singer Shania Twain gave a stirring performance of “From This Moment On.” And it’s fun to look back on that performance now with the benefit of hindsight.
Twain wrote the song with her husband at the time, Robert John “Mutt” Lange. It became part of her 1997 album “Come On Over” and won Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration of the Year at the 1999 Canadian Country Music Awards.
Twain Writes “From This Moment On”
The singer told the Today Show that she wrote the song while watching a soccer match with Lange in Italy. Soccer is not Twain’s cup of tea, so she turned to songwriting to cope with the boredom. And thus was “From This Moment On” created.
Twain and Lange were married for 14 years. Their marriage ended over Lange’s affair with Twain’s personal assistant, Marie-Ann Thiebaud, who was married to Twain’s now-husband, Frederic Thiebaud, at that point.
Twain’s Second Marriage
The singer grew depressed around that period. She told AARP Magazine this year that she had to learn to pick herself up and put her life back together.
“Sometimes I get overwhelmed coping with things, but experience also teaches you how to manage,” Twain said. “When you get older, you have so much experience at falling and getting up. You’re not going to stop falling. But you will get better at getting up and brushing yourself off. I believe that. I’ve lived it.”
Frederic Theibaud and Twain bonded over their shared betrayal. In 2009, they became a couple. They married in 2011.
Twain told AARP she feels better about herself now than she did when she was younger. Part of that is probably the wisdom of age, but part of it is being in a better place in her life.
“I’m more comfortable with my body now than I was when I was younger,” she said. “It was really a struggle back then. But with age, you ask: ‘OK, how many more years do I have to live, and do I really want to live them feeling negative about myself and the things I can’t change?’”
If Twain only knew back then what she knows now.
Watch her 1998 performance here: