American Music Awards 2015: Jared Leto, Celine Dion Pay Tribute to Paris Attack Victims

The 2015 American Music Awards came to a respectful halt to pay tribute to victims of the Paris terror attacks.

Amid shade-throwing and on-stage PDA, Jared Leto and Celine Dion evoked the power of music to bring about solidarity during a time of crisis. Leto recalled his recent visit to the Bataclan theater with his band 30 Seconds to Mars only a few months prior to last week’s attacks, and recited names of friends who were killed in the assault.

“Many of us here are the sons and daughters of immigrants,” noted Leto, pointing out famous figures of international origins including Barack Obama and Steve Jobs.

“The United States matters, the entire world matters and peace is possible.”

Dion emerged onstage to perform Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” with images of Paris monuments and tributes rolling on the screen behind her. Watch the moving tribute below and view more show moments in the gallery at the top of the page: