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The Icon Award, which has previously been given to Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder and Prince, recognizes the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator and entertainer has stood the test of time.
Afterwards, Dion — wearing a one-shoulder metallic sequined gown — took center stage as she gave a showstopping rendition of Queen’s song “The Show Must Go On,” receiving a standing ovation. She released the single last week, marking the first for her since the death of her husband, Rene Angelil, in January. Dion returned to her residency at the Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace in February.
Her teenage son with Angelil, Rene-Charles, presented an emotional Dion with her award.
“I try to be so strong to my family and kids, and I didn’t expect that,” she said of her son’s surprise appearance onstage. “I don’t want to cry in front of you. You make me so happy.”
Dion also paid tribute to her husband at the end of her speech, saying: “This one’s for you. The show must go on.”
The kudocast is being hosted by Ciara and Ludacris, and includes performances from Rihanna, Madonna and Demi Lovato.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards aired live on Sunday on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. For a list of the winners, click here.
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