Celine Dion To Receive ICON Award & Cover Queen At Billboard Music Awards

Celine Dion is making an iconic return to television.  

The singer will be honored with this year's ICON Award at the Billboard Music Awards, Billboard announced on Wednesday. Celine will be the fifth artist to receive the prize since 2011, joining previous ICONs Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Jennifer Lopez.

In a statement released to Access Hollywood, Billboard described the ICON as one of its "most prestigious" awards, and referred to Celine as one of the most "immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history."

The ICON is "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," Billboard’s statement continued.

In addition to receiving the ICON, Celine will also take the stage to perform a "special rendition" of Queen's classic "The Show Must Go On," a song which Billboard Music Awards executive producer Mark Bracco said holds personal significance for the superstar.

"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," Bracco said in a statement. "I think at this moment in her life, the song has many meanings and it's an amazing choice."

Celine has sold nearly 250 million albums throughout her three-decade career, earning five Grammy Awards, six Billboard Music Awards and two Academy Awards along the way. Her husband and manager of more than 20 years, Rene Angelil, passed away in January after a long battle with throat cancer.

Celine’s Billboard appearance will mark the first time she’s performed on television since Rene’s death.

The Billboard Music Awards air live from Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on ABC. 

-- Erin Biglow

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