Celine Dion Returns to Vegas Stage for the First Time Since Husband René Angélil’s Death

Celine Dion gave an emotional performance and tribute in honor of her late husband René Angélil at her Las Vegas concert last night (Feb. 23).

It was her first time back on stage since his passing from cancer last month.

People reports:

The first 20 minutes of the show were streamed live on CelineDion.com.

The tribute concert first began with a quote from Dion followed by a slideshow of family photos and René’s TV appearances: “I understood that my career was in a way his masterpiece, his song, his symphony. 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. – Céline Dion”

The audience greeted Dion with a standing ovation and roaring applause as she belted out “With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now.”

“Thank you, I did rehearse this song in my closet and it went way better than that,” Dion began, trying to hold back tears. “Through my life, I only had highs from my husband who sat out here night after night. People thought that I was looking at him actually, but I didn’t need to, because every time I closed my eyes I felt René on stage with me whether he was seated in his seat right there, in the balcony, backstage or at home with the kids. He’s always been on stage with me. And nothing will ever change that.”

See the first 20 minutes and her tribute in the video above.

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