By Dana Rose Falcone
Updated August 28, 2015 at 03:16 PM EDT
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Her show will go on and on. After taking a year off from her Las Vegas residency, Celine Dion returned to Caesars Palace’s Colosseum Thursday night, nearly 12 years to the day she got her start at the casino.

The Canadian singer spent the year taking care of her husband of over 20 years, Rene Angelil, who is suffering from throat cancer. “It was Rene’s wish that I come back,” Dion said in a statement Wednesday. “While my family will always be my priority, my fans are just as important to me.”

Leading up to the show, Dion shared pictures of her sparkly shoes and the packed crowd that filled the Colosseum to welcome her back.

Dion opened with “I Surrender” and sang with on-screen versions of The Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley throughout the night. She also covered Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and two Prince songs.

“Thank you for all your love,” Dion tweeted after the performance. “Tonight was not a new day, tonight was not really a new show. Tonight was a new beginning.”

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