We all know that Celine Dion has had an incredibly tough year, with the death of her beloved husband, Rene Angelil, on January 14 and her brother, Daniel, two days later. She could be forgiven for leaving the limelight and taking some time to heal from the traumatic year thus far.
So it was such an inspiration and a testament to her sheer strength, dignity and tenacity when she came out in a breathtaking dress and belted out the number ‘The Show Must Go On’ at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
No song could be more appropriate; ‘The Show Must Go On’ was originally released by the band in 1991 to celebrate front man Freddie Mercury, who was dying of complications related to HIV/Aids.
Backed by an orchestra, Celine Dion proved she still has what it takes to reduce an audience to tears and to remind us why she is a lady first, a wife second and a mother before anything else.
Later, her son Rene-Charles surprised her to present her with the Icon Award, just months after he moved the world when he gave a eulogy at his father’s funeral. His action and strength finally moved his mother to tears after she had held her poise throughout the performance.
She ended her speech holding hands with her son and thrusting her award in the air, saying: “Rene, this one is for you, the show must go on.”
Would that we could all show such strength in adversity as the fabulous Ms Dion has done in her year of grief.
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