Jared Leto and Celine Dion Honor Victims of Paris Attacks: “The Entire World …

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Celine Dion’s Moving Edith Piaf Tribute to Paris at the AMAs.

“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.

As a tribute to the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Dion performed “Hymne à L’Amour,” a song that was originally written by Édith Piaf to memorialize her lover, French boxer Marcel Cerdan, who died in a plane crash in 1949. “We felt it was important to show our solidarity in light of the recent events in Paris and all around the world,” AMA producer Larry Klein said in a statement earlier this week. “Celine’s performance will help us express our feelings through song, when words do not suffice.” In his introduction of Dion’s performance, actor and musician Jared Leto recalled the concert that his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, played at the Bataclan theater just a few months before nearly 100 people were gunned down there on November 13 during an Eagles of Death Metal show. “Tonight, we honor the victims of the unimaginable violence that has taken place in Paris and around the world,” Leto said. “France matters, Russia matters, Syria matters, Mali matters, the Middle East matters, the United States matters.Celine Dion had the entire audience at the American Music Awards in tears Sunday night during her tribute to those who died during the Paris terrorist attack. The entire world matters, and peace is possible.” In reference to the loud opposition to the admittance of Syrian refugees currently fomenting on the right, Leto noted that many artists in the audience are the children of immigrants, along with Steve Jobs, whose father immigrated from Syria, and President Barack Obama, whose father was from Kenya. 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.

But on Sunday night, the musician decided to quote a Paris widower whose message of love went viral earlier this month. “Antoine Leiris was also at Bataclan and said, ‘Friday night, you took an exceptional life, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred.

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