Celine Dion Gives Tear-Jerking Tribute To Paris Victims During AMAs Performance

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

AMAs: Stars have Paris on their minds.

Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards (AMAs) heard appeals for a peaceful world.Celine Dion honored the victims killed and injured during the devastating terror attacks in Paris with a breathtaking rendition of Edith Piaf’s “Hymne A L’amour” in French, amid images of the city’s landmarks.

Celine Dion performed the French classic made famous by Edith Piaf, L’Hymne a L’Amour, in front of a string section and a montage of images of famous Paris sites. One of his final remarks: “the entire world matters and peace are possible,” before mentioning the controversy about Syrian immigrants coming in the U.S. Before Dion’s performance, Jared Leto, of the band “Thirty Seconds to Mars,” gave a moving speech recounting a former show at The Bataclan, the venue where the ISIS attacks occurred on Nov. 13. Tears continued to flow during Gwen Stefani’s performance of “Used to Love You,” an emotional ballad about her breakup with her husband of 13 years, Gavin Rossdale. Although Lovato was only three years old when Morrissette released the song (from her hit album “Jagged Little Pill”) age didn’t seem to matter in their edgier version.

We have a young fan base, and we’re almost the communicators of what’s going on in the world.” Skrillex, who won collaboration of the year for Where Are U Now with Diplo and Justin Bieber, didn’t mention Paris specifically, but said, “There’s so much negative stuff in the world right now that it’s up to us to be positive right now.” Stefani’s current beau, fellow “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton wasn’t in attendance, but he showed his support by tweeting, “Prepare for greatness” before Stefani hit the stage.

The tribute was a rare somber note in the made-for-television gala, although the electronic producer Skrillex also referred to world turmoil as he accepted an award for his work with pop celebrity Justin Bieber. Big winners included Nicki Minaj, who swept her category for both favorite Rap/Hip-hop artist and favorite Rap/Hip-Hop album for “The Pinkprint.” She dubbed it “the hardest album” she’s ever made. The rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also took to the stage to debut a new song, “Kevin,” a politically charged tale of drug addiction’s toll in modern America that featured the soul singer Leon Bridges.

Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth shared a steamy kiss at the end of their performance of “Marvin Gaye” which fueled rumors of a romance, but Puth told People before the show that they are ‘just friends.’ In a sign of the burgeoning US market for country music, the award for favorite new artist went to Nashville crooner Sam Hunt, who outpaced emerging stars in other genres including The Weeknd who won in the two R&B categories. In one of the moments that drew the most attention on social media, young singer Charlie Puth passionately kissed Meghan Trainor after they sang together. Puth and Trainor, who has become a star in part due to her struggles with body image, had teamed up for his song “Marvin Gaye,” which uses the name of the legendary “Let’s Get It On” R&B singer as a euphemism for sex.

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