Celine Dion, 51, has officially ended her Las Vegas residency after more than 16 years performing on the iconic Caesars Palace stage.
It was an emotional moment for the “My Heart Will Go On” singer, who previously revealed she returned to the stage in 2015 to fulfill her late husband’s dying wish.
Her husband, René Angélil, passed away in January 2016 from throat cancer shortly after she made her return. She told Entertainment Tonight:
“He wanted me to go back at Caesar’s. I wanted to be by his bedside, and he really wanted me to go back on stage. He wanted to see me perform again and I did. It was hard but I did and he could let go after, peacefully.”
On Saturday, she paid tribute to her late husband during the final song of her show.
Dion closed the show with her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” as photos of her children and late husband played on the screen behind her, ET reports.
The mom of three brought her children, 18-year-old René-Charles and 8-year-old twins, Eddy and Nelson, on stage to share the special moment honoring her husband.
She introduced them as her “three magnificent children” and hugged them as they came up to the stage.
As Dearly previously reported, Dion took a break from performing in 2014 in order to care for her ailing husband.
She was hesitant to return to performing at Caesars Palace but did so at Angélil’s request. She said:
“If you look at the definition of courage, it’s a big, big word. It’s an important word and everything that I went through the last three years for example, even before any past, I was not even sure if I was going to go and sing again.
But [Angélil] would want me to sing again, so I went back and forth and it was hard.”
Dion was performing when her husband passed away in his sleep.
Though the songstress ended her Las Vegas residency, she will embark on a world tour starting in September.