On November 20, 2015, Dick Clark Productions and ABC announced that Celine Dion would be performing a special rendition of Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” in French as a tribute to those affected by the recent attacks in Paris at the 2015 American Music Awards.
“We felt it was important to show our solidarity in light of the recent events in Paris and all around the world… Celine’s performance will help us express our feelings through song, when words do not suffice.” – Larry Klein, producer of the 2015 AMAs
“Hymne à L’Amour” was written by Piaf about the great love of her life, boxer Marcel Cerdan. Piaf performed the song for the first time in New York in 1949, a month before Cerdan was killed in a plane crash en route from Paris to New York to visit her.
After watching Celine Dion’s tribute I think I can speak for everyone when I say that it was truly breathtaking. Dion sang the song in French and although we couldn’t understand what she was saying, the performance was incredibly magical. I mean I got chills from watching it on TV… I can’t even imagine what it would’ve been like to see in person! Not to mention, Celine Dion has one phenomenal voice and in my opinion, was the best fit for this tribute. Her vocals range widely and just sound so incredibly beautiful at all times. I strongly believe that the tribute to Paris was necessary and conveyed a huge message through song that many of us fail to put into words. My heart just hurts for those who have suffered in the attacks and especially for those who caused the attacks. It’s hard to see things like this happen, but it is extremely reassuring to know that although there is a lot of bad happening in the world right now, there is more good happening. It is also a sense of weight lifted of your shoulders to know that we all support one another and are there for each other in times like these. I can’t stress enough how amazing the tribute was and if you missed it… I suggest you watch it.