Billboard Music Awards: Celine Dion To Receive Icon Honor & Perform

Published: Wednesday 4th May 2016 by Sam

The incomparable Celine Dion is set to make a triumphant comeback to the world stage.

Four months after the passing of her beloved husband-manager Rene Angelil, the vocal powerhouse has been unveiled at the recipient of the Icon Award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Details below…

Confirmation came courtesy of the event’s organisers, who also announced that the songstress will be taking to the stage to perform.

The show’s executive producer Mark Bracco said in a statement:

“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. I think at this moment in her life, the song has many meanings and it’s an amazing choice.”

Wholly deserving, Dion has sold almost 250 million albums during her over 30-year career. She has earned five Grammy Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, two Academy Awards, six American Music Awards, 20 Canadian Juno Awards and 40 Felix Awards. She’s  also placed 17 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including 12 top 10 LPs.

[We’d be lying if we said we weren’t part of the many salivating for that one show-stopping performance of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ on such a grand stage to salute her husband and the song that legitimised her legend status. Still, with a talent as stellar as hers, we’re sure her performance will resonate nonetheless.]

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards air live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22nd at 8pm ET on ABC. Ciara and Ludacris serve as hosts.

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  1. pat May 4, 2016

    only 5 grammys…. there was so much greatness back in the day…not enough awards to go around…

    • The One May 4, 2016

      Yes it was!!! It’s not the same nowadays. That’s why some have sixteen and seventeen Grammys because they nominate the same people over and over, and radio plays the same songs over and over.

    • JOHNVIDAL May 4, 2016

      It was different before. Only huge talents topped the music industry ususally. The fact Whitney or Celine got to win Album of the Year speaks of their amazing success and impact cause in those days they didn´t tend to give them to the “popular” pop singer if you know what I mean.
      Falling into You won for a good reason. Phenomenal album… and those vocals!!! WOW

      • JOHNVIDAL May 4, 2016

        The fact that they give those big ones to Taylor Swift now like it´s nothing says it all about the current state of mainstream.

  2. Sterling Infinity May 4, 2016

    I’m so happy to hear about this! She’s a legend!!

  3. Jay May 4, 2016

    Kudos to Celion! Very very deserving! No mention of Britney Spears receiving her Millennium Award? Or debuting her new song? -_-

  4. mr.m May 4, 2016




    • Career Ender May 4, 2016

      she sings 1000x better than XXLtina Agimmesomemorepizza

  5. #JACKIE May 4, 2016

    CeLEGEND Dion
    CeQUEEN Dion
    Love ha!

  6. Del May 4, 2016

    Congrats Celine! One of the best vocalists the music world has ever seen!

  7. Thando May 4, 2016

    The greatest female solo vocalist. Genius talent. Her voice is the soundtrack to my life.

  8. Career Ender May 4, 2016

    on another note I saw the Hive dragging the BrokeSquad and Nazi , especially Mark and his chaterbate link thing
    you guys are funny, I died!!!

  9. k May 4, 2016

    gratz to her, well earned.

  10. Stephon Jackson May 4, 2016


    • Thando May 4, 2016

      Who’s the first, Madonna or Mariah?

      • Stephon Jackson May 4, 2016

        Madonna | Celine | Mariah <—- Those are the top 3 best selling female artists of all time.

      • blue May 4, 2016

        Madonna is first

      • blue May 4, 2016

        Whitney has sold more records than celine though. Its madonna, rihanna, mariah, Whitney then celine.

      • JOHNVIDAL May 4, 2016

        LOL Are you retarded? Rihanna and her what, 30 million albums sold? That can be compared to those other 4??? LMAO

    • blue May 4, 2016

      There is a difference between records, albums, and singles. Dont be bitter. Rihanna has sold more singles than any other artist ever, that is impressive in its I n right.

      • Stephon Jackson May 4, 2016

        90% of her sales are singles tho. That’s basically cheating.
        You mean to tell me an artist like Celine whom has shifted 250 million albums globally can get outsold by an 1.29 singles artist? When she barely has sold over 35 million albums?!? Nah, that’s b*******. Celine Dion is the 2nd best selling female artist of all time. Followed by Mariah Carey. Madonna being #1.

      • Stephon Jackson May 4, 2016

        Also, Whitney Houston didn’t outsell Dion. Houston sales stand around 175 million, globally. Celine’s certifications are way ahead of hers & Mariah’s. Only Madonna has sold more albums globally.

      • JOHNVIDAL May 4, 2016

        Their success is amazing. With Whitney it happens that she released way way way less stuff than the others. But at the rate she was going before starting having problems… she was like the most successful per era.

      • blue May 4, 2016

        Honey i dont make the rules, rihanna has sold more singles than these other girls and together with her album sales which stand at 50mil shipped, she is the second best-selling female artist. Its funny u call rihanna cheating but fail to mention the music sales climate she is working with. Based off her standing in the industry, single success and album sales relative to her peers, had she debutted with any of those 4 women and she might very well still be on that list and as high as she still is with 60% of the sales being from album sales

      • Stephon Jackson May 4, 2016

        She has NOT shipped nor sold anywhere near 50 million albums. Streaming/TEA is what gives her a 50 million album sales claim. Record companies don’t even over-ship albums anymore. Because, retail knows albums aren’t worth investing in anymore. Universal has NEVER over-shipped a Rihanna album. If they did it would show in her sales/shipments certifications. And, I’m not calling her a cheater but putting a SINGLES artist next to those MONSTER album selling female artist is crazy. It holds no weight whatsoever. No ones, gonna take it seriously. Rihanna has not outsold Mariah or Celine globally. She’s simply sold more singles, period. And, that’s mostly due to her being in a digital era. Same goes for Katy Perry & Taylor Swift. Those women all have sold over 100 million singles.
        Celine Dion has sold over 250 million albums. Making her 2nd most successful female commercial act in history, behind Madonna. Rih has a 240 million claim (which is amazing), but only 35 million of that are actual album sales in it’s purity. The rest are 1.29 singles & streaming/tea points. That’s insane to say someone has outsold an artist that’s sold over 200 million PURE albums with singles/streams! Celine is the 2nd best selling female, period.

      • blue May 4, 2016

        Celine has not sold 250mil albums nor records if she did then she would still appear above rihanna’s 230mil records.

      • blue May 4, 2016

        Also rihanna’s records were reported before streams were included in certifications.

  11. blue May 4, 2016

    Time they started to recognise these legends while they are still here

  12. Coolness May 4, 2016

    YES to this! I may not be a big fan but she, alongside Whitney and Mariah, make up the trifecta of the pre-eminent pop vocal goddesses that ruled the 90s. She truly deserves this and I hope she’s doing well after the loss of her husband and brother.

  13. #TeamTinashe Stan (#JOYRIDE……..) May 4, 2016

    I was just thinking about how they should honor this ICONIC woman more. She is the “Pop Juggernaut” of our time.

    • Oneeka May 4, 2016

      I agree cinnamon girl teehee

  14. JOHNVIDAL May 4, 2016

    This is truly unexpected. This ususally means a new album is coming. But I don´t think we´ll get an English new one since it has already been said she´ll release a new French one this year. Probably next year will be the English on turn.

    Since mainstream is so absolutely pathetic right now she´ll definitely be the best thing of the night. She already was at the AMAs last November when she sang that French song. There were literally no singers on stage that night lol that´s how bad things are right now. She sings all of them under the table at almost 50 years old.

    TGJ: I don´t think My Heart will Go On would have been the right choice for this btw. She sings it every f****** time in Vegas, and for years.

  15. JOHNVIDAL May 4, 2016

    Celine is in that category where only 3 other women in music are success wise: Whitney, Mariah and Madonna. Add to that Barbra if you focus only in the USA.

    • MUSICHEAD May 4, 2016

      And Janet Jackson

      • JOHNVIDAL May 5, 2016

        Sorry but no. Janet´s success is similar to Briteny´s when it comes to numbers.

  16. GODRIAH May 4, 2016

    Celine is gonna slay 2016!!! Her voice is only getting STRONGER AND STRONGER!!! Also she is looking fabulous!!! Truly one of the last greats ever!!! I hope she closes out the night!!! ????????

    • JOHNVIDAL May 5, 2016

      Mariah and Celine are truly the last ones (the youngest) of that category of greats who conquered the world when talent in abundance was required.

  17. Royalkev May 4, 2016

    Good for her! Celine has a phenomenal voice and she’s always consistently delivered great live vocals similar to (or even better) than her recordings. I know she’s having a difficult time dealing with her loss and I’m glad this is just a little something to show how much she’s appreciated for her contributions to music.

  18. What Now May 4, 2016

    So excited! I hope she performs something from her French albums.

  19. zeroing ivy bloper tran anti girl lemond time May 5, 2016

    Good for her

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