Céline Dion returned to the stage on Tuesday (February 23) for her first performance since the death of her husband, René Angélil, who passed away on January 14.
The Canadian singer shared a heartfelt tribute to Angélil, projecting a slideshow of family photos over the stage and delivering a speech through tears in his honor. "Throughout my life, I only had eyes for my husband, who sat out here night after night,” she said. “Every time I closed my eyes, I felt René onstage with me.”
Angélil had served as Dion’s manager from the very first stages of her career until 2014. "I understood that my career was in a way his masterpiece, his song, his symphony,” she wrote in a projected image. "The idea of leaving it unfinished would have hurt him terribly. I realized that if he ever left us, I would have to continue without him, for him."
Dion’s voice was shaky as she sang from the stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, but she found a way to turn her grief into a powerful tribute to her husband’s life.
"It is amazing that since he is physically no longer with me, he is even more present,” she said. “We were one, and nothing has changed. We will always be one."
Watch her heartbreaking performance below.