Celine Dion pays tribute to late husband Rene Angelil in triumphant return to Las Vegas stage

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Celine Dion Performs Moving Tribute to Her Late Husband During Triumphant Return to Vegas Stage

Celine Dion made her triumphant return to the Las Vegas stage on Tuesday, after putting her Caesars Palace residency on hold to mourn the loss of her late husband and manager, René Angélil.

The show opened with a touching video tribute to Angelil's life, including his marriage to Celine and the couple's three children, 15-year-old René-Charles and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy. The tribute video also included a quote from Celine about continuing to perform after her husband's death.

"I understand that my career was in a way his masterpiece, his song, his symphony," the quote read. "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."

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After the video, Celine took the stage solo to a standing ovation, looking elegant in a black sequined gown. She opened the show with a performance of "With One More Look at You/Watch Closely Now" from A Star Is Born, receiving another standing ovation during the song's transition, as she sang the lines, "I want one more look at you / Are you watching me now? / Watch closely now."

See photos of Celine Dion and her late husband Rene Angelil over the years:

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CANADA - MAY 01: Archives: Celine Dion In Montreal, Canada In May, 1996-December, 17, 1994, during her wedding with Rene Angelil. (Photo by Michel PONOMAREFF/PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: Celine Dion and Rene Angelil In Los Angeles, United States In March 1990. (Photo by Pool 6500/PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
MONACO - MAY 03: World Music Awards In Monte Carlo, Monaco On May 03, 1995 - Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil. (Photo by Jean-Pierre REY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
CANADA - JUNE 19: Celine Dion celebrates her 10 years career In Montreal, Canada On June 19, 1991-Celine Dion and her manager Rene Angelil. (Photo by PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
CANADA - DECEMBER 15: Celine Dion's Wedding In Montreal, Canada On December 15, 1994-Celine Dion with husband Rene Angelil. (Photo by PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Rene Angelil and Celine Dion (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Celine Dion And Husband Rene Angelil Giving Press Conference In Montreal, Canada On September 08, 1999. (Photo by Michel PONOMAREFF/PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: Celine Dion and Rene Angelil In Los Angeles, United States In March 1990. (Photo by Pool 6500/PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
392394 04:: Pop star Celine Dion stands next to her husband, Rene Angelil, who holds their baby Rene-Charles July 25, 2001 as they arrive at the chappel of the Notre-Dame Basilica in old Montreal, Quebec before the baptism of their 6-month-old baby boy, The ceremony was celebrated by Mgr Michel SaydT in French, English and Arab under the Greek-Melkite rite. (Photo by Pierre Roussel / Getty Images)
CANADA - JULY 25: Christening of Rene Charles son of Celine Dion and Rene Angelil In Canada On July 25, 2001-Celine Dion, her husband Rene Angelil and their son Rene Charles. (Photo by Michel PONOMAREFF/PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Celine Dion & Husband Rene Angelil during 2000 Nabisco Golf Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, United States. (Photo by Sam Levi/WireImage)
Celine Dion & Rene Angelil during Celine Dion Opening Night Of 'A New Day' - Post Concert Press Conference at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
MONACO - MAY 08: World Music Awards In Monaco city, Monaco On May 08, 1996 - Celine Dion & Husband Rene Angelil. (Photo by Jean-Pierre REY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
CANADA - OCTOBER 25: Celine Dion And Rene Angelil Attend A Hommage To Hockey Player Maurice Richard In Montreal, Canada On October 25, 1999-Rene Angelil And Celine Dion. (Photo by Michel PONOMAREFF/PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Photo by: Russ Einhorn STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2002 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 5/23/02 Celine Dion and husband Rene at "VH1 Divas Las Vegas". (The MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada) (Star Max via AP Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 6: Singer Celine Dion (C) attends a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 6, 2004 in Hollywood, California. Also pictured (L-R): honorary mayor Johnny Grant, Dion's husband Rene Angelil, comedian Jay Leno and Hollywood Chamber president LeRon Gubler. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Rene Angelil and Celine Dion (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Celine Dion leaves with her husband Rene Angelil on her way to Madison Square Garden for a performance October 15, 2004 in New York City. (Photos by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
Rene Angelil and Celine Dion during Chris Aire Fashion Show at Pure Nightclub - Runway and Front Row at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
CANADA - MARCH 02: Rene Angelil's book launching In Montreal, Canada On March 02, 2009-Rene Angelil and Celine Dion (Photo by Michel PONOMAREFF/PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA: Canadian singer Celine Dion (L) wipes away tears while speaking at Sainte-Justine Children's Hospital in Montreal, Canada, 18 December, 2002. She and her husband, Rene Angelil (R), became godfather and godmother for the hospital to help raise funds for sick children. AFP PHOTO/Andre Forget (Photo credit should read ANDRE FORGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Celine Dion jokes with her husband, Rene Angelil, while they pose for photos with a wax figure modeled after Dion before her 500th performance at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 7, 2006. The figure was prepared by the Grevin waxworks company of Paris. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Celine Dion hugs her son Rene Charles, and her husband Rene Angelil following the final performance of A New Day at Caesar's Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Canadian singer Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil pose upon arrival at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, southern France, 26 January 2008 to attend the 2008 NRJ Music Awards. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil pose in New York, Thursday Dec. 16, 1999, after she was presented a commemorative award by Sony Music in recognition of her career sales of more than 100-million albums. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Canadian singer Celine Dion stands with her husband Rene Angelil in the media center after receiving a special recognition award at the Latin Billboard Awards at the Jckie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. Fla. Thursday May 9, 2002. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil pose after she performed on NBC's "Today" show summer concert series in New York's Rockefeller Center Friday, May 17, 2002. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Singer Celine Dion tours the lobby of the new Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, with her husband Rene Angelil, right, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005. Before the dedication of the hotel's Tower, Dion pledged $1 million to the relief fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina.(AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
In this photo released by the Chinese news agency Xinhua, Canadian singer Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil attend a TV program in Beijing, China, on Saturday April 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Luo Xiaoguang)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 28: Celine Dion and Rene Angelil arrive at the 'Veronic Voices' Premiere at Bally's Las Vegas on June 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Canadian singer, Celine Dion, right, poses with her husband René Angelil, left, at the Elysee palace after being awarded of the Legion d'Honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Paris, Thursday, May 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, poses with Canadian singer Celine Dion, second right, Rene Charles her son, center, Therese Dion her mother, second left, and her husband Rene Angelil, left, after she was awarded with France's Legion d'Honneur, during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris Thursday, May 22, 2008.(AP Photo/Charles Platiau, Pool)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singers Rene Angelil and Celine Dion arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22: Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil attend 'BAMBI Awards 2012' at the Stadthalle Duesseldorf on November 22, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2010 file photo, Celine Dion, left, poses with her husband Rene Angelil, pose as they arrive for the premiere of the film "Celine: Through the Eyes of the World" in Miami Beach, Fla. Celine Dion has given birth to twin boys, just days after being hospitalized as a precaution. A statement released from St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., said that the superstar singer delivered the boys Saturday afternoon. One boy weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces, while the other weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, file)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 07: Celine Dion, Rene Charles Angelil and Rene Angelil attend the Portland Trailblazers Vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Celine Dion, right, poses with her husband Rene Angelil, left, and son Rene Charles Angelil, center, as they arrive for the premiere of the film "Celine : Through the Eyes of the World" in Miami Beach, Fla. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
KATIE - 4/25/13 - Celine Dion invited Katie Couric into her recording studio for an exclusive conversation about her family, her husband’s cancer diagnosis, and her brand new music, airing on KATIE, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Ronda Churchill/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) CELINE DION, RENE ANGELIL
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The singer grew emotional after the opening number, receiving yet another standing ovation as she thanked the audience for their support.

"Through my life, I only had highs from my husband, who sat out here night after night," she told the crowd. "People thought that I was looking at him, but I didn't need to. Because every time I closed my eyes, I felt René 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," Celine added, "and nothing will ever change that."

Getting ready for tonight🎈Préparation avant le spectacle

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The singer credited her husband and manager, who began representing the singer in 1981, with surrounding her with "the very best people" throughout her career and being her "very best critic."

"It is pretty amazing that since he's physically no longer with me, he is even more present," she marveled. "We were one, and nothing has changed. We will always be one."

The singer then went "all the way back in time," launching into her very first U.S. single, "Where Does My Heart Beat Now." During the show, Celine even walked down the aisle of the theater and snapped mid-song selfies with the throngs of fans who came out to show their support.

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MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Celine Dion, with children Nelson Angelil, Rene-Charles Angelil, Eddy Angelil and mother Therese Dion attend a state funeral service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Therese Dion and Rene Charles Angelil arrive for the state funeral service for Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Nelson Angelil, Celine Dion, Eddy Angelil, Therese Dion and Rene Charles Angelil arrive for the state funeral service for Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Celine Dion and sons Nelson Angelil and Eddy Angelil arriving for the State Funeral Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Nelson Angelil, Celine Dion, Eddy Angelil, Therese Dion and Rene Charles Angelil arrive for the state funeral service for Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Nelson Angelil, Celine Dion, Eddy Angelil, Therese Dion and Rene Charles Angelil arrive for the state funeral service for Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Celine Dion and sons Nelson Angelil and Eddy Angelil arriving for the State Funeral Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Celine Dion and sons Nelson Angelil and Eddy Angelil arriving for the State Funeral Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Celine Dion attends a Public Memorial Service for her Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Celine Dion, with children Nelson Angelil, Rene-Charles Angelil, Eddy Angelil and mother Therese Dion attend a state funeral service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 22: Celine Dion arriving for the state funeral service for her husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: Celine Dion (C) and Rene Charles Angelil (R) leave after attending a Public Memorial Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: A general view of atmosphere at a Public Memorial Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: Celine Dion leaves after attending a Public Memorial Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA - JANUARY 21: In this handout photo provided by Feeling Productions Inc., members of the public attend the public memorial service and sign the guest book for Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal , Canada. Rene Angelil died on January 14, 2016 from cancer. (Photo by Olivier Samson Arcand / OSAIMAGES / Feeling Productions Inc. via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: A general view of atmosphere during the public memorial service for Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: A general view of flowers at Public Memorial Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: An exterior view of Notre Dame Basilica during a Public Memorial Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: Guests gather outside as they attend a Public Memorial Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: Rene Charles Angelil attends the public memorial service for his father's, Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: A general view of atmosphere during the public memorial service for Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: Rene Charles Angelil attends the public memorial service for his father's, Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: Guests attend the Public Memorial Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Kate Hutchinson/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: Therese Dion attends the Public Memorial Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: A general view of the public memorial service for Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: Therese Dion (R) attends the Public Memorial Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 21: A general view of the public memorial service for Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
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One emotional moment came during the singer's iconic hit, "All by Myself," when Celine became overwhelmed with emotion and had to take a moment for herself before finishing the song. At the end of the show, she thanked fans once again for supporting her return to the stage.

"This was the most difficult show I've done in my whole life, and I thank you very much," she told the crowd, before closing the show with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

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