Celine Dion returned home to Montreal on Sunday to accept an award on behalf of her late husband, Rene Angelil.
The “Encore Un Soir” singer attended the 2016 ADSIG Gala at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts, looking resplendent in an elaborate Elie Saab gown adorned with hearts throughout the bodice and skirt, teamed with a sparkling Buccellati necklace.
“Not only one of the greatest visionaries of the Quebec music industry. He was also one of the biggest fans of musical artists that ever existed,” Dion said while accepting the Felix trophy at the annual Quebec music awards. “He had an immense respect for people who had that passion. Rene always thought of others before he thought of himself.”
The tribute included emotional performances from Dion and fellow Quebecois artist Ginette Reno, who was also managed by Angelil earlier in her career.
Backstage, Dion spoke candidly about being moved by her late husband’s honour. “Of course it was a great honour for me to receive trophies over the years, but to be here to receive a trophy that’s not for me, that’s even more touching,” Celine told reporters. “He’s not physically present, but I’m sure he’s here tonight. I don’t think he missed any of this, and I’m sure he’s very proud.”
Angelil passed away earlier this year after a long battle with throat cancer.