When Céline Dion's team asked Lindsey Stirling to accompany the singer on her just-released cover of Queen's "The Show Must Go On"—which they performed onstage at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards—most thought of it as a tribute to the diva's late husband, René Angélil. But the viral violinist told us she has a serendipitously personal connection to the track:
"It was one of her husband's favorite songs. It says, 'Inside my heart is breaking, but the show must go on.' And that's how she is right now. For myself, I lost my best friend this fall, first time I lost anybody close to me. They had no idea. The fact they asked to me to do this is very serendipitous, very meant to to be. So I'll be performing tonight not only to support Celine, but in honor of my best friend."
Watch above as Stirling sings Celine's praises and gives insight into their collaboration. Then watch Céline herself speak about working on pop singers like Ne-Yo on her most recent album below: