Celine Dion “The Show Must Go On” Billboard Music Awards Video – Watch BBMAs Performance!
Celine Dion gave a powerful and emotional performance of “The Show Must Go On” at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Watch below.
“The Show Must Go On” was recorded in 1990 by Queen as Freddie Mercury became increasingly debilitated from AIDS. Dion started covering the song back in 2008 as a tribute to the late front man, but the track would go on to take new meaning for her as husband Rene Angelil battled cancer. Throughout his troubles, the music manager would continually insist to his superstar wife that “the show must go on.”
She incorporated the track into her Las Vegas residency last year, but never made an official studio recording until after Angelil’s death earlier this year. Featuring violin accompaniment from Lindsey Stirling, the song was released as a digital single this past Friday. It’s unclear if it will also appear on a future album.
Stirling now joined Dion for the BBMAs performance, which marks Dion’s first time performing on TV since Angelil’s passing. And in addition to taking the stage to sing, she was also honored with the Billboard Icon Award. Previous recipients include Jennifer Lopez (2014) and the late Prince (2013). Seal presented the award, and son Rene-Charles surprised his mother by bringing her the trophy.
Check out full video of Dion’s new “The Show Must Go On” performance below, as well as her emotional Icon Award speech.