After Angelil's nearest and dearest shared their memories of the celebrated music mogul with the crowd, it was Dion's turn to honor her late husband.
"Let me start by saying good evening good friends. Rene, the love of my life, would be so happy to know we are here together," Dion said, addressing the star-studded turn-out. "I feel the love in this room."
Dion spent much of her address trying to keep her emotions in check, so that she could get through her heartfelt speech, but the 47-year-old GRAMMY winner couldn't help but get choked up while thinking back over the two decades she was married to Angelil.
"Rene never hated anyone," Celine recounted. "Is it possible someone loves everybody? I don’t think so. But he never told me a person he disliked… Time was precious to him. He loved life so much, so very much."
Dion also opened up about the time she spent with Angelil while he was sick and battling throat cancer. She recalled watching episodes of The Price Is Right with him, and shared how Angelil would sometimes cry when a contestant won the showcase because he was so elated.
Concluding her touching tribute, a tearful Dion wished her husband goodbye, saying, "Rene, I love you so much. Merci. Goodnight."
Earlier in the evening, music producer and songwriter David Foster, who was a longtime friend of the couple, shared his memories of Angelil before sitting down at the piano to play and sing "The Colour of My Love," the same song he played at Dion and Angelil's wedding reception in 1994.