In her first televised performance since the tragic deaths of both her husband and her brother back in January, Celine Dion completely blew fans away as she epically performed ‘The Show Must Go On’ at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. The singer even received a standing ovation — talk about beautiful!
Celine Dion, 48, took the stage at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards and TOTALLY left fans in awe of her epic and raw performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” The singer personally chose the meaningful rock song as not only her breakout, televised performance since the deaths of her husband, Rene Angélil, and her brother, Daniel Dion, but also as her ICON performance. And honestly, she couldn’t have picked a more perfect anthem to highlight her amazing vocals and unwavering strength during this extremely difficult year.
Wow. We are SO impressed with Celine, who pretty much left the audience speechless, after she finished her amazing rendition of the classic rock song while simultaneously being honored as the Billboard Music Award’s newest ICON. Dressed in a glittery gown, the mother-of-three confidently took the stage at the BBMAs and quite honestly gave a performance of a lifetime.
Her performance was theatrical, emotional, and unbelievably powerful! In her sky-high stilettos, the singer hit every note as a live orchestra played behind her and the star-studded audience clapped along to her song. This was one performance from tonight that NO ONE will forget.
Celine’s bit was certainly emotional as well, especially considering the meaning behind her song choice. As Celine previously revealed, “The Show Must Go On” was always Rene’s philosophy — so there’s no question the singer was paying homage to her late husband tonight. Is anybody reaching for the tissues yet?
Rene tragically died on January 14 at age 73, and his death was soon followed by Celine’s 59-year-old brother, Daniel, who passed away just two days later. Both men sadly lost their lives to cancer, leaving Celine devastated. But, ever the professional, she has maintained Rene’s mantra that the show must go on – something she most certainly drove home at the May 22 ceremony.
And talk about a memorable way to accept such an honor as the ICON lifetime-achievement award! There’s no question Celine deserves the legendary title as she’s had a successful career spanning over three decades. The “My Heart Will Go On” singer has had 17 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, selling nearly 250 million albums in total. And with this award under her belt, she is now in good company with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Prince, and Stevie Wonder — just to name a few.
How amazing was Celine’s performance, HollywoodLifers? Do you love how powerful it was?