Celine Dion couldn’t contain her emotions after being a presented an award by her son at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards this week.
The mother of three took to the stage to accept Billboard Icon Award which was given to her by her 15 year old son René-Charles Angelil.
The award is a huge honour and so far has only been gifted to just four musicians- Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez and Prince.
“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 said to the audience that gave her a standing ovation. “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.”
The 48 year old singer then took to the stage to perform Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” with Lindsey Stirling.
Her performance at the Billboard Awards was her first 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 and married in 1999. Angélil was also Dion’s manager.
“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,” Dion told a magazine. “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.”
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