Céline Dion ended her Las Vegas concert with a tribute to her husband and manager, René Angélil, who passed away in 2016 after suffering from throat cancer.
During the end of her final Last Vegas residency show, Céline Dion, 51, offered a heartfelt tribute to her late husband, on stage, together with their three sons, René-Charles, 18, and twins Eddy and Nelson, 8.
"I'm both proud and humbled by what we've accomplished at the Colosseum since we began 16 years ago when René and I first shared this dream," Dion said.
In her recognition, different photos were exhibited, showing treasured moments with her husband, as the Grammy-winning singer sang her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
During her show, she debuted “Flying on My Own,” a new song from her “Courage” album which is going to be released in November. While backstage, Dion talked about the song as a “new chapter” in her life which her husband will always be a part of.
"What was the hardest for me is that, as you all know it's very easy for me to cry, but I did not want to cry because I wanted to prove to myself, I wanted to prove to myself that I didn't want the tears and the emotion to take over my strength that I feel," Dion said.
Angélil battled throat cancer for 18 years but lost two days shy of his 74th birthday. The two were married for 21 years but worked together in the music industry since the singer was 12, serving as her manager and mentor.
They tied the knot in December of 1994, and only a few years later, struggled with the discovery of Angélil’s throat cancer. Although it was difficult, the 51-year-old remained strong for her husband, until his last days.
When she turned 50 last year, Dion shared dozens of photos of her life, including her relationship with her late husband, whom she loved. Although he was no longer present, she was still in high spirits, “looking forward” to being with her kids on her birthday.