Celine Dion Is Moved to Tears When Her Son René Charles Surprises Her at Billboard Music Awards 2016

Mother-of-there performed “The Show Must Go On” by Queen at the awards show

By Mike Vulpo May 23, 2016 2:28 AMTags
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Céline Dion is demonstrating the power of love once again.

During her appearance at Sunday's 2016 Billboard Music Awards, the proud mother-of-three took to the stage to accept the Billboard Icon Award.

As the entire T-Mobile Arena delivered a standing ovation, the Las Vegas performer couldn't help but get emotional when accepting the award—that has been gifted to just four musicians including Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez and Prince—from her 15-year-old son René-Charles Angelil.

"I'm so sorry. I'm sorry for crying. I want to be so strong for my family and my kids. And I didn't expect that. I'm so sorry," she shared to a supportive audience. "I don't want to cry in front of you. You make me so happy. Thank you."

Celine continued, "I want to thank the fans for traveling through music with me in good and bad times...All the people who believed in me. My family. My mom who wrote my first song, my children, Rene Charles. And most importantly, my beloved husband whom I know will continue to watch over me from up above." 

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If her speech wasn't enough to impress fans, the 48-year-old also took to the stage to perform Queen's "The Show Must Go On" with Lindsey Stirling.

"During rehearsals, I was kind of looking behind me like she's really there. She's singing right now. It's very surreal," Lindsey shared with E! News on Live From the Red Carpet. "It's such a special night for her. And I feel so honored I get to be a piece of it." 

The evening marked the singer's first performance on live television since her husband René Angélil passed away in January after a long battle with cancer. The couple met when Celine was just 12 years old. They went on to marry in 1999.

"You know what, I'm 48 years old and I lost the love of my life. I miss him a lot from when he was great but not when he was suffering," she candidly said to People in this week's issue. "I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace."

She added, "I really, really want to prove to my kids their mother is strong. He left me with all of his strength. Every day we live with him, just not physically. I'm thankful that he does not suffer anymore…René always insisted the show must go on."

For complete coverage of the Billboard Music Awards, tune in Monday for Live From E! at 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT, plus watch E! News at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. and watch Fashion Police: The Billboard Music Awards at 8 p.m.

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