Quick: whose performance made the biggest and best impression at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas over the weekend? Was it Drake, who took home a record-breaking 13 awards and performed More Life cut “Gyalchester” flanked by the Bellagio fountains? Nicki Minaj, who opened the show with a 9-minute medley, complete with help from the likes of Lil Wayne, David Guetta, and Jason Derulo? Seven member K-pop battalion BTS, whose performance, award win, and crazy popularity suggest that they just might be the first genuine K-pop crossover phenom? If you picked any of these, well, better update your mental pop music power rankings, because the answer was indisputably the pride of Quebec, Céline Dion. Don’t take our word for it, though: there’s a excess of social media reactions to prove it.
On Sunday, Dion brought out the big guns, as she opted to perform the biggest emotional rollercoaster of 1997, “My Heart Will Go On” from the Titanic soundtrack, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the classic song’s release. The impeccable performance, along with those oversized sleeves, left many of the BBMAs’ notable attendees suitably dazzled:
— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) May 22, 2017
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 22, 2017
— billboard (@billboard) May 22, 2017
Migos are on side when it comes to Dion, as they proved at the MET gala earlier this month:
Céline Dion, the definition of bad and bougie. Sorry, it had to be said.
The heyday of “My Heart Will Go On” might be two decades in the rearview, but if the Céline Dion back catalogue tells us anything in 2017 it’s that true talent never goes out of style. Sure, the other performances over the weekend ranged from (literally) phoned-in, to competent, to skillful, to great, but only one was awe-inspiring. What sounded pretty kitschy on paper—hey, remember this syrupy ballad we all loved in that movie?—ended up serving as a genuine, stunning reminder that there’s a reason a teenager from Charlemagne, Quebec, emerged in 1990 to own the pop airwaves for over a decade.