Once you hit diva status, there’s pretty much nothing you can’t do. Even the weirdest behaviors get brushed off as the eccentricities of a superstar. But then when megastars like Celine Dion perform, we’re reminded why these divas got so much acclaim in the first place.
Celine Dion performed at the Billboard Music Awards over the weekend, and it was nothing short of spectacular. Of course, it helped that she performed what’s possibly her most iconic song. She belted out the theme from Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On.”
It’s been 20 years since the song debuted along with the hit movie. Just as Titanic stormed the box office, Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” took over the Billboard charts. It debuted at number one and ended up becoming one of the best-selling songs of all time. The song even went Platinum several times over in numerous countries and hit the Diamond level in France.
But Dion can’t take all the credit–composer James Horner and lyricist Will Jennings also deserve some praise. Horner composed the rest of the soundtrack for Titanic as well and took home the Oscar for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score.
Back to the moment everyone is talking about in the present: Dion’s beautifully emotional performance at the Billboard Music Awards. She took the stage in a striking white gown that emphasized her larger than life status. She hit every note with perfection–cohosts Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens were in shock.
“It’s going to be hard to top that moment,” Ludacris said. Hudgens confessed that she was crying.
“My Heart Will Go On” had an even bigger emotional impact than usual thanks to Dion’s personal life. Just last year, she lost her husband of 22 years to cancer. Just two days after that, her brother also passed away from cancer.
But as Celine Dion’s performance shows–her heart will go on.
Watch it here: