Five-time Grammy Award winner Celine Dion has been named the winner of this year’s ICON Award which she’ll accept during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Dion will also perform a special rendition of Queen’s iconic hit “The Show Must Go On” during the awards show held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. According to Billboard, the ICON Award is a lifetime achievement honor that recognizes the “cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator and entertainer has stood the test of time.” Dion joins a list of recipients that includes Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Diamond.
“Celine Dion has a huge repertoire of monster hits and she personally chose to perform ‘The Show Must Go On’ as her ICON performance on the Billboard Music Awards,” stated executive producer Mark Bracco. “I think at this moment in her life, the song has many meanings and it’s an amazing choice.”
The 2016 Billboard Music awards will be hosted by Ciara and Ludacris. This year marks the first time the awards show will be broadcast live on both coasts, with ABC airing the event at 8pm ET and 5pm PT. Finalists are determined by key fan interactions including “album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.”
More on Celine Dion, Courtesy of Billboard:
One of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history, Celine Dion has sold almost 250 million albums during her over 30-year career. She has earned five Grammy Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, two Academy Awards, six American Music Awards, 20 Juno Awards (Canada) and an astonishing 40 Felix Awards (Quebec). She’s placed 17 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including a dozen top 10 efforts — four of which reached No. 1. Her most recent studio album, 2013’s Loved Me Back To Life, continued her hot streak in the top 10, as it debuted at No. 2 on the chart. Additionally, with 11 No. 1s on the Adult Contemporary chart, she holds the record for the most chart-toppers by a woman in the 55-year history of the list. In 2004, Celine received the Diamond award at the World Music Awards recognizing her status as the best-selling female artist of all time. In 2007 she was honored with the Legend Award at World Music Awards in recognition of her global success and outstanding contribution to the music industry. Celine continues to perform her critically-acclaimed Las Vegas residency, “Celine” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and will hit an epic 1,000 performances in the venue this fall.