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Celine Dion Gives a Tearful Acceptance Speech After Son René-Charles Surprises Her on Stage

Celine Dion Gives a Tearful Acceptance Speech After Son René-Charles Surprises Her on Stage
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You might want to grab the Kleenex for this one. Musical powerhouse Celine Dion, who lost her husband René Angélil in January, dedicated an emotionally charged performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go on” with violinist Lindsey Stirling Sunday night at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

If that wasn't already stirring enough, after paying tribute to her late husband and manager, she went on to accept the Billboard Icon Award from a surprise presenter: her son, René-Charles. The singer, who remained so strong and powerful during her performance, was moved to tears upon seeing her own son on stage.

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"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, who gave her a standing ovation. "I don't want to cry in front of you [René-Charles]. You make me so happy. Thank you."

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The mother of three ended her acceptance speech with “René, this one’s for you. The show must go on.”

Past recipients of the Icon Awards include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Jennifer Lopez.

 
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