Celine Dion returned to the Las Vegas stage for an emotional tribute to her late husband, Rene Angelil. Often emotional, the legendary singer celebrated his life and legacy in a touching remembrance that was streamed live. See photos and video highlights and get the details.

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Continuing the precedent she has established for being open and candid in her mourning of her late husband, she began her concert at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace the first since, his untimely death from cancer at age 74. The singer known for her soaring vocals, and for the iconic song ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from ‘Titanic’ gave a lengthy spoken tribute to her husband.

Her return to the stage so soon is a testament to resilience and, ultimately, of love. René Angélil lost his battle with cancer on January 14 and just two days later, Celine Dion lost her older brother, Daniel, also to cancer. Yet, despite what must be inestimable grief, she has soldiered on.

Prior to this return to the stage fans all over the world were able to watch the memorial service of her husband via live stream. He was the father of her three children, 14-year-old Rene-Charles and 4-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy. Long before she married him in 1994, he was her manager, and she had known him since she was a preteen.

Now she was back as the performing artist on the Las Vegas stage. The quote projected onto the screen as the concert began summed it up best, saying, “”I understood that my career was in a way his masterpiece, his song, his symphony.”And, continuing most poignantly, “The idea of leaving it unfinished would have hurt him terribly. I realized that if he ever left us, I would have to continue without him, for him.” From there, a montage of photos of the couple throughout their lives together was shown.

She didn’t hide her grief, sorrow and devastation of the loss of such a towering figure in her life when she took to the stage, where she received a standing ovation. As E!News reports, she began by singing Barbra Streisand’s “With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now.”

When she addressed the audience, she began, saying, “Thank you, I did rehearse this song in my closet and it went way better than that.” She went on to deliver an emotional and tearful speech. She said in part, “Through my life, I only had eyes for my husband, who sat out here night after night.”

Continuing, she said, “People thought that I was looking at him actually, but I didn’t need to because every time I closed my eyes I felt Rene on stage with me. Whether he was seated in his seat right there, in the balcony, backstage or at home with the kids, he’s always been onstage with me and nothing will ever change that.”

Later on, she said of her late husband, “René is the only man that I have known all my life. He always made me feel that we were always on our first date. Isn’t that amazing? Never talking bluntly and always impressing himself in a soft and gentle way, we were one. And nothing has changed. We will always be one.”

You can see the full speech at E!News. Watch the full video here and see photos of Celine Dion’s tribute to Rene Angelil in Las Vegas below.