Read the singer's moving speech here
Celine Dion has returned to the Las Vegas stage, dedicating Tuesday night’s concert to the victim’s and families of Sunday night’s deadly massacre. During the show, a part of her residency at the Colosseum inside Caesars Palace, the powerhouse singer and Grammy winner took a moment to pay tribute.
“I never start the show like this but tonight is very different,” Dion told the packed audience at The Colosseum, “On Sunday we lost too many beautiful, innocent souls, and so many are still suffering. But tonight we’re going to let these families know that we are supporting them and that we will help them through their tragic loss.”
The chart-topper took the stage with #VegasStrong written on the big screens. Dion announced that she and AEG and Caesers Entertainment, the producers of the show, are donating all proceeds from the performance to the victims.
“We dedicate tonight’s show to all of the victims and their families, and to the first responders, and to the doctors and nurses who are working around the clock to save lives, and to so many heroes who did whatever they could to help complete strangers in a time of desperate need,” she continued.
Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas left at least 59 concertgoers dead and over 500 wounded outside the Mandalay Bay resort and casino after Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire during country star Jason Aldean’s set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Aldean has since penned a letter stating that “something has to change.” Many public figures have since called for policy reform and stricter gun control laws.