Celine Dion to cover Queen at the Billboard Music Awards
Everyone already knows Celine Dion‘s a music icon — you can’t say “Titanic” without humming “My Heart Will Go On,” after all — but now she’s getting officially recognized for it: The Canadian musician is receiving the ICON Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards.
Billboard launched the ICON Award in 2011 and has so far also honored Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Jennifer Lopez. This will be Dion’s 11th award from the annual event, and she’ll celebrate her win with a performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.”
“Celine Dion has a huge repertoire of monster hits and she personally chose to perform ‘The Show Must Go On’ as her ICON performance on the Billboard Music Awards,” Billboard Music Awards executive producer Mark Bracco said in a statement. “I think at this moment in her life, the song has many meanings and it’s an amazing choice.”
Dion’s husband and former manager, René Angélil, died in January at age 73 after a long battle with throat cancer. Her brother Daniel, age 59, died of throat, brain, and tongue cancer just two days later. After taking a break to mourn, she returned to her concert residency at Las Vegas’ Colosseum Feb. 23, and honored Angélil there with photos, videos, and a speech. “We were one,” she said. “And nothing has changed. We will always be one.”
See Dion receive the ICON Award when the Billboards air May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.