"It’s still number one! [Laughs.] To be honest with you, it’s an honor," Dion says. "My husband always told me that I wanted to have a career as long as I sing my whole life. Twenty years later, I’m at the Billboard Awards and I was here last year singing 'The Show Must Go On,' receiving the Icon award -- my son gave it to me, and it was pretty emotional. To be here [in T-Mobile Arena], it’s still emotional, because I can still feel and see what happened last year."
As Billboard documented in an oral history of the iconic Titanic track, Dion initially didn't want to sing it, as she had just provided another soundtrack song for the 1996 film Up Close & Personal, "Because You Loved Me" (which also hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100). It was her husband, the late Rene Angélil, who convinced her she should sing it, which is part of the reason the song holds a special place in her heart.
With the significance of "My Heart Will Go On" and all that Dion has celebrated since last year's BBMAs, she simply can't wait for Sunday's performance.
"Singing 'My Heart Will Go On,' such a classic. We just celebrated Beauty and the Beast, they re-did the movie. It’s so beautiful -- and now, 'My Heart Will Go On,' I can’t ask for better," she adds. "I’m more than thrilled, I’m ecstatic and very honored to be here. Sunday, it will be the night."
The Billboard Music Awards will air May 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The official red carpet pre-show for the BBMAs, the T-Mobile Magenta Carpet Live at the BBMAs, will live stream exclusively on Twitter on Sunday, May 21, starting at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices, and can be found at BBMAs.twitter.com or via @BBMAs.