Céline Dion to receive Icon Award at 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Celine Dion at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 17, 2015.
Celine Dion at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 17, 2015. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, FIle)

After a very difficult start to the year, Céline Dion will be honoured at the Billboard Music Awards.

This will be Dion’s first televised performance since the death of her husband René Angélil.

Angélil died on Jan. 14 at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer. The singer’s brother Daniel passed away two days later from the same illness.

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The 47-year-old returned to her Las Vegas stage in February where she honoured her late husband during her performance.

Alongside a video montage featuring footage of the couple’s wedding, Dion gave an emotional speech where she said,

 “We will always be one. You know, I might not hear his voice yet, but I talk to him, I think of him all the time. I feel and I know he hears me.”

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Dion will be the fifth artist to receive the Billboard award. Past honourees, include Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond.

In addition to accepting the statue, the award-winning talent will perform a special rendition of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.”

“Céline Dion has a huge repertoire of monster hits and she personally chose to perform “The Show Must Go On” as her Icon performance,” stated Mark Bracco, the executive producer of the Billboard’s telecast. “I think at this moment in her life, the song has many meanings and it’s an amazing choice.”

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The 20-time Juno Award winner has sold almost 250 million albums over the course of her 30-year career.

She holds the record for the most chart-toppers by a woman on the Adult Contemporary list.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards – hosted by Ludacris and Ciara – will broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8 P.M. ET on ABC.

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