Céline Dion pays emotional tribute to her late husband at her last ever Las Vegas show

music news 11/06/2019

After 16 years playing her residency in Las Vegas, the one and only Céline Dion has officially retired from 'The Strip'.

In true Céline style, the legendary Grammy winner went out with a bang. 

She had performed over 1000 shows in her 16 years at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. And played to a massive 4.5 million fans in that time.

Her final performance was nothing less than emotional.

The 51-year-old sang a beautiful cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" whilst behind her photos and mementos from her past shows were displayed on a large screen.

During the final curtain call, Céline looked overwhelmed with emotion as she watched a collage of throwback images from her first ever Colosseum show, as well as heartwarming snaps of her late husband. Their three sons, René-Charles, 18, and 8-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson, then joined her onstage during an emotional final curtain call.

"I'm both proud and humbled by what we've accomplished at the Colosseum since we began 16 years ago, when René and I first shared this dream," Dion said. "This entire experience has been a huge part of my show business career...one that I will cherish forever. I have so many people to thank, but the most important ‘thank you' goes to my fans, who gave us the opportunity to do what we love."

"What was the hardest for me is that, as you all know it's very easy for me to cry, but I did not want to cry because I wanted to prove to myself, I wanted to prove to myself that I didn't want the tears and the emotion to take over my strength that I feel," Dion said backstage. "Flying on my own, this is a new chapter. René will always remain in my life."