2015 AMAs: Celine Dion Pays Tribute to Paris Victims With Gorgeous Performance

by Sophie Schillaci 8:10 PM PST, November 22, 2015
Playing 2015 AMAs: Celine Dion Pays Tribute to Paris Victims With Gorgeous Performance

Celine Dion delivered a somber and stunning performance at Sunday's American Music Awards, paying tribute to the victims of the recent Paris terror attacks.

The 47-year-old Canadian covered of Edith Piaf's "Hymne a L'Amour" -- in French, her native language -- during the awards ceremony.

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After an emotional introduction from Jared Leto, Dion took the stage in a stunning, floor-length black gown with floral detailing. "Tonight we honor the victims of the unimaginable violence that has taken place this year in Paris and around the world," he said, and then transitioned to the current controversy surrounding Syrian refugees. "Many of us here are the sons and the daughters of immigrants. Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian immigrant. President Barack Obama. The American Music Awards wanted to show its support for the people of France and the entire world."

In announcing the performance on Friday, show producer Larry Klein said: "We felt it was important to show our solidarity in light of the recent events in Paris and all around the world. Celine's performance will help us express our feelings through song, when words do not suffice."

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In August of this year, Dion made a triumphant return to the stage in Las Vegas after taking a year-long hiatus to care for her ailing husband.

"There's a part of me that never really left the stage," she told ET. "I wanted to be there but I needed to be some place else which was much more important at that time. To be by his side. To be by my family."

See her big moment back on stage in the player below.