After presenting a magnetic performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On,” Céline Dion delivered the real show-stopping moment of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards: a tearful acceptance speech of the Icon Award.
The trophy, as a surprise, was presented by her eldest son René-Charles Angelil, and when Seal revealed Dion’s child was present, she nearly broke down. The pop superstar was visibly moved by the moment, and had trouble starting her tearful acceptance speech.
“I’m so sorry,” Dion began. “I’m sorry for crying. I want to be so strong for my family and my kids, and … I don’t want to cry in front of you.”
She later thanked “all the people who believed in me,” and then her husband, René Angélil, who passed away in January at the age of 73. Céline thanked René, “whom I know will continue to watch over me from up above,” and ended the speech by declaring, “The show must go on!”
Click here to read more about Dion’s striking performance of the Queen classic. After, watch Lindsey Stirling, who performed with Céline at the 2016 BBMAs, explain how she connects "The Show Must Go On" to losing her best friend recently: