Not only will Celine Dion be receiving the 2016 Billboard Music ICON Award on May 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but the singing sensation will also be taking the stage for a spectacular rendition of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” Of course the highlight of the annual event is the presentation of the ICON trophy which s a lifetime achievement award that honors the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator and entertainer has stood the test of time. Past recipients include Neil Diamond (2011), Stevie Wonder (2012), Prince (2013) and Jennifer Lopez (2014). “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,” said “2016 Billboard Music Awards” executive producer Mark Bracco. “I think at this moment in her life, the song has many meanings and it’s an amazing choice.” Dion, who has brought down the house as a headliner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for 13 years until the death of her husband in January 2016, is one of the most popular performers on Earth. Her album sales are quickly heading toward 250 million during a 30-year career. She is also the winner of 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).
If you can’t make to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, you can watch the “2016 Billboard Music Awards live on Sunday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC. It will mark the first time in Billboard Music Awards history, that viewers on the both coasts can watch the show simultaneously. The show, which will be hosted by hip-hop artist Ludacris and international music sensation Ciara, will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and much-discussed pop culture moments.
How are Billboard Music Awards finalists chosen you might ask? The winners are based on key fan interactions with music, 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, according to Billboard.