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Celine Dion Covers Queen For New Single

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When it was announced that Celine Dion would be performing the classic Queen anthem “The Show Must Go On” at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards, I found it a little odd. Especially given the fact Britney Spears was performing a medley of her greatest hits. Why wasn’t Celine doing a medley as well since both ladies are set to receive special Billboard Awards, Icon Award and Millennium Award respectively. Today though, it all makes sense.

The 48-year-old chanteuse just released a studio version of the Queen ballad. And as you would expect, Dion absolutely slays with her powerful vocals. No doubt the single has special meaning to Celine, since she continued her Las Vegas residency after losing both her husband and brother within a couple of days. The show definitely did go on.

Check out the track below where she’s accompanied by violinist Lindsey Stirling.

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Britney Spears isn’t the only diva being honored at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Celine Dion will also be the recipient of a lifetime achievement award. While Brit gets the Millennium Award, Celine is set to accept the Icon Award. Previous winners of the latter include Jennifer Lopez in 2014, Prince in 2013, Stevie Wonder in 2012 and Neil Diamond in 2011.

“Celine Dion has a huge repertoire of monster hits and she personally chose to perform ‘The Show Must Go On’ as her ICON performance on the Billboard Music Awards,” BBMA executive producer Mark Bracco said in a statement. “I think at this moment in her life, the song has many meanings and it’s an amazing choice.”

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Ariana Grande joined the likes of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. The 22-year-old singer certainly stepped up to the challenge of doing double duty. She absolutely slayed all night long, especially when her vocals were utilized.

Grande previously displayed her prowess when it came to impersonating Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears on The Tonight Show. On SNL, she expanded her repertoire to include Whitney Houston, Rihanna and Shakira. Ariana channeled her fellow divas perfectly during the Tidal skit.

Another personal favorite sketch featured Ariana as a sassy Maria Von Trapp from Sound of Music. If the nuns thought Julia Andrews was a problem, they’ll never figure out how to solve a problem like this Maria.

As musical guest, Grande debuted a new track “Be Alright,” along with performing “Dangerous Woman” for the first time. She was pitch perfect during both performances. I’m actually quite a fan of “Be Alright.” That’s a future smash for sure. The voguing choreo was a nice little throwback. Check out some of the highlights from last night below.

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Celine Dion Debuts ‘Hymn’ Music Video

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Given the recent tragic events of losing her husband and brother to cancer, the lyrics for this song take on new meaning. It’s a bit heartbreaking.

Celine Dion recorded “Hymn” for the animated film, Snowtime! which recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The heartfelt family film is based on the 1984 film La Guerre Des Tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War).

“I did discover the movie because of my son, Rene Charles,” Dion recalls in a behind-the-scenes interview. “It was pretty touching. What a beautiful story!”

The music video premiered online Wednesday night as the memorial for René Angéli took place in Las Vegas at the Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace. Check out the clip below. As always, Dion’s vocals are divine.

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After a long battle with cancer, René Angélil passed away on Thursday, January 14. Celine Dion broke her silence Friday to speak out about her tragic loss. The 47-year-old Grammmy winner posted a touching tribute to her late husband on Facebook.

“He will be remembered as a gentle man, generous and kind, an unprecedented visionary, a modern Pygmalion, a Renaissance man. All who had the privilege of knowing him and of working closely with him, whether personally or professionally, salute a leader and a man of great intelligence and wisdom,” an excerpt from the statement.

The funeral service will be held Friday, January 22 at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal- the same church where the two married 21 years ago. Dion also revealed a Celebration of Life will be held in Las Vegas on February 3 at the Caesars Palace Colosseum. Read the full post below.

Our condolences, once again, go out to Dion and her family during this heartbreaking time.

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René Angelil, the husband and one-time manager of Celine Dion, passed away at his Las Vegas home on Thursday morning. He was 73-years-old at the time.

“Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,” the rep said in a statement. “The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment.”

Angélil battled three bouts of cancer. He was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. After his health had improved, his cancer returned in 2014, at which time he retired as Dion’s manager.

René is survived by his wife Celine and their three children, René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twin boys Nelson and Eddy. Angelil also has three older children from previous marriages. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Celine Dion Covers Adele’s Hello In Las Vegas

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Celine Dion recently returned to her Las Vegas residency after caring for her ailing husband for several months. I have to admit, I’ve enjoyed the Canadian chanteuse popping up everywhere recently. Absence does make the heart go fonder.

The 47-year-old singer rang in the New Year on stage in Caesars Palace with her adoring fans. With “Hello” being one of the biggest hits of 2015, it’s only fitting Dion paid homage to Adele.

Not surprisingly, Celine hit all the high notes with ease. What was surprising though, was the little twang, or should I say French twang, she added. It was a bit random, but oh well, it’s Celine. She’s kooky that way.

Check out Dion perform “Hello” below, where she ad-libbed some of the lyrics.

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After being relatively out of the spotlight for the past couple of years to take care of her husband, Celine Dion has been popping up everywhere as of late. She delivered an emotional performance in honor of Paris at the American Music Awards and recently paid homage to Frank Sinatra for Grammy’s all-star tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. To all this, I say welcome back Celine. You’ve been missed.

The 47-year-old Canadian chanteuse dazzled during Michael Buble’s annual Christmas special. She gave a gorgeous rendition of “O Holy Night” and then joined Buble to give a rousing cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over).” Her signature powerful vocals were on display for both numbers. Check them both out below.

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