The best-selling Canadian recording artist of all-time, Céline Dion, will be performing a Franco song at the 2015 American Music Awards on Sunday, November 22 as a tribute to those affected by the recent attacks in Paris. She will sing a special rendition of Edith Piaf’s classic “Hymne à L’Amour”.
The music of “Hymne à L’Amour” was composed by Marguerite Monnot and the lyrics by Piaf which are about her lover, boxer Marcel Cerdan. She first performed the song at the Cabaret Versailles in New York City on September 14, 1949. On October 28, a month and a half later, Cerdan was on his way from Paris to New York to visit her, the plane crashed, and he was killed. Piaf passed away at the young age of 47 in 1963 from cancer of the liver.
The American Music Awards were launched by Dick Clark in 1973. Winners are determined solely by votes from the general public. However, to vote, one must be within the borders of the United States. This year’s show will be hosted by Selena star Jennifer Lopez.
Canadian artists are up for a total of eight trophies this year: five nominations for The Weeknd, two for Drake, and one for Justin Bieber.
In addition to Céline Dion other Canadians slated to perform at the gala are Justin Bieber, Alanis Morissette, and The Weeknd! International artists include Carrie Underwood, One Direction, Walk the Moon, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Gwen Stefani, Pentatonix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Coldplay, Luke Bryan, Karen Fairchild, and 5 Seconds of Summer.
The American Music Awards will be broadcast from the United States to 160 countries worldwide.