May 23, 2016


Céline Dion Belts Out Queen's 'The Show Must Go On' at Billboard Music Awards

If you're going to receive the 2016 Billboard Music Awards' Icon Award, you might as well give everyone a dazzling reminder why you earned it. In Céline Dion's case, the honorific was a lock years and years ago, but we'll never turn down a performance from the woman who gave us "Because You Loved Me."

For a thunderous rendition of Queen's 1991 song "The Show Must Go On," Dion was joined onstage by a very on-point symphony. Electric violinist Lindsey Stirling, who also appeared on the studio version of the cover released on Friday, got to enjoy her own spotlight. Dion belting the final note was a moment that the entirety of the BBMAs may not top.

The BBMAs appearance marked Dion's first live TV gig since the deaths of her husband, 73-year-old René Angélil and brother, 59-year-old Daniel Dion. Following "The Show Must Go One," Dion immediately walked over to receive her Icon Award from Seal—only to be surprised by her son, 15-year-old René-Charles. Read all about that here.

Next watch Lindsey Stirling, who plays violin on "The Show Must Go On" and performed with Céline at the 2016 BBMAs, explain how she heartbreakingly connects the song to her late best friend: