Celine Dion, Jared Leto honor Paris at AMAs

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Celine Dion Sings Touching Tribute to Paris Attack Victims at AMAs 2015: Watch the Emotional Moment.

Celine Dion paid tribute to those affected by the Paris attacks during the 2015 American Music Awards at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 22.

“Earlier this year, my band was wrapping up a tour in Europe and we were looking for a good excuse to stop off in one of our favorite cities in the world, Paris. Dion’s set was announced earlier this week by the show’s producer, Larry Klein. “We felt it was important to show our solidarity in light of the recent events in Paris and all around the world,” he said in a statement at the time. “Celine’s performance will help us express our feelings through song when words do not suffice.” Dion was introduced by Jared Leto on Sunday night. The Oscar-winning actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars rocker, 43, gave a moving speech about the tragedy, which killed at least 130 people on Nov. 13. (On Nov. 19, alleged terrorist ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed during a police raid.) “Many of us here are the sons and daughters of immigrants,” he said, before mentioning Steve Jobs and President Barack Obama. “The entire world matters and peace is possible.”

Seven months later, on the evening of November 13th, 2015, that same venue was under siege.” He continued, “One of a series of terrorist attacks on Paris that changed the world forever. 129 innocent people died and another seven billion will forever be scarred by this horrific and senseless tragedy.” Like so many in the music industry, Leto was devastated to hear about the passing of Mercury Music Group/Universal marketing manager Thomas Ayad.

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