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Céline Dion to Receive Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards

Celine Dion to Receive Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards
Céline Dion
Denise Truscello

05/04/2016 AT 08:30 AM EDT

It's been a heartbreaking year for Céline Dion after the death of her husband René Angélil, but the star has proven her strength in the last few months as she's returned to The Colosseum stage.

At the Billboard Music Awards on May 22, the singer will be honored with the Icon Award, the ultimate honor at the awards show celebrating a lifetime of achievement.



Dion – who will also be performing a special rendition of Queen's "The Show Must Go On" at the show – is only the fifth artist to receive this specific award, and others in the past have included Neil Diamond, Jennifer Lopez, Prince and Stevie Wonder.



"Céline 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," says producer Mark Bracco. "It is an amazing choice."

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards – hosted by Ludacris and Ciara – airs live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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