2016 Billboard Music Awards: Celiné Dion Was Not Expecting This Surprise Following Her Epic Performance

An icon deserves an iconic surprise.

Following a powerful performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” accompanied by violinist Lindsey Stirling at Sunday’s Billboard Music AwardsCeliné Dion’s son René-Charles emerged onstage to present the Billboard Icon Award to his mother. Tears overcame Dion as she received a standing ovation.

“I’m so sorry. I’m sorry for crying. I want to be so strong for my family and kids,” she began. “Thank you very much. This is such a tremendous honor. Music has been my passion since before I can almost remember.”

Dion went on to pay tribute to her late husband René Angélil, who passed away at age 73 following a longstanding battle with throat cancer. She thanked fans, supporters and family along with Angélil “who who I know will continue to watch over me from above.”

“René, this one’s for you,” she added. “The show must go on.”

Watch her tribute, performance, and speech below. Launch the gallery at the top of the page to see more photos from the BBMAs.