AceShowbiz - %cCeline Dion% had a bittersweet night at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Making her first major award show appearance since losing her husband %cRene Angelil% and brother %cDaniel Dion% earlier this year, the songbird got emotional as she was honored with the Billboard Icon Award during the ceremony which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, May 22.
Before receiving the award, she performed a moving cover of %cQueen%'s "The Show Must Go On". Looking radiant in a golden gown, she dramatically sang the tune while accompanied by an orchestra and violinist %cLindsey Stirling%.
Later, she broke down in tears when son Rene Charles joined her on the stage to present her with the Icon Award. "I'm so sorry," she said. "I'm sorry for crying. I want to be so strong for my family and my kids, and ... I don't want to cry in front of you."
"This is such a tremendous honor, of course," Dion told the crowd of her latest achievement. "You know, music has been my passion since before I can almost remember. So many people have helped me get where I am today... Most especially, I wanna thank the fans for traveling through music with me, in good and bad times."
She then thanked everyone including her late husband, whom she believed would "continue to watch over me from up above." She ended her speech by declaring, "The show must go on!"
Dion was hardly the only act who had their career celebrated that night. The BBMAs handed out a bunch of awards to a bunch of musicians who have been dominating the Billboard charts in the past year.
%cThe Weeknd% and %cAdele% were among those singers taking home the most BBMAs. The former bagged a total of 8 trophies from multiple categories like Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album for "Beauty Behind the Madness", Top R&B Song for "The Hils" and Top Streaming Songs Artist.
Adele, meanwhile, was named Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist. She also won the Top Billboard 200 Album Award for her records-breaking, multi-platinum selling latest LP "25", and the Top Selling Song Award for its first single "Hello".
%cJustin Bieber%, %cWiz Khalifa% and %cTwenty One Pilots% were other acts walking away with multiple BBMAs. The Canadian heartthrob nabbed the Top Male Artist and Top Social Media Artist Awards. Khalifa won the Top Rap Song and the Top Hot 100 Song Awards thanks to his collaboration with %cCharlie Puth%, "See You Again". As for Twenty One Pilots, the duo won the Top Rock Artist title and had their "Blurryface" named Top Rock Album.