Sunday night’s American Music Awards took a break from celebrity-fueled drama and intricately choreographed dance numbers to pay a moving tribute to all the lives lost — and the countless lives affected — in the recent attacks in the city of Paris.
Dressed in all black, popular French-Canadian singer Celine Dion made a special appearance to deliver a breathtaking rendition of Edith Piaf’s emotional anthem “Hymne à L'Amour” in the backdrop of beautiful Parisian monuments, landmarks and memorial sites.
Coupled with the heartbreaking montage and Dion’s powerful voice, there was not a dry eye in the house. Several audience members were even filmed with tears streaming down their faces.
Dion was introduced onstage by Academy Award winning artist Jared Leto, whose band 30 Seconds to Mars played at the Bataclan in the months before the terror attack — a place Leto called “peaceful” and “unforgettable.”
“France matters, Russia matters, Syria matters ... the entire world matters and peace is possible,” Leto said. “Many of us here are the sons and daughters of immigrants.”
Watch Celine Dion’s powerful performance during the American Music Awards in the video above.