Celine Dion Salutes Late Husband With 'The Show Must Go On' Performance & Teary Speech at 2016 Billboard Music Awards
The song of choice was Queen’s “The Show Must Go On,” first released by Queen in 1991 to celebrate frontman Freddie Mercury, who was dying of complications related to HIV/AIDS. Dion’s world-conquering vocals did it justice (and then some), backed by a majestic orchestra (and Lindsey Stirling on violin) on the T-Mobile Arena stage. Just as Queen used the song to ease its pain, Dion paid tribute to her late husband and manager, and left the Las Vegas audience dazzled (and equally teary-eyed).
But that wasn’t all. In accepting the Icon Award, Dion was surprised by her own son, René-Charles, who came out to help present the honor. The singer thanked her fans, her team, her label, and lastly, René: “my beloved husband whom I know will continue to watch over me from up above.