A solemn Céline Dion took the stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Tuesday and spent a few moments to address the tragic mass shooting that occurred in the city on Sunday night.
Dion dedicated the show to the shooting’s victims, their families and first responders.
“I never start the show like this, standing in front of the curtain just talking. But tonight is very different. After Sunday night’s incredibly tragic event all of us here find ourselves asking a similar question. For you, it’s ‘Do we still go to Celine’s show on Tuesday night only two days after the nightmare?'” said Dion. “For me, it’s ‘Can I still do my show? Should I still do my show only two days after the nightmare?'”
“These are difficult questions. But I want you to know that you have made the right choice in being here tonight. And the reason that I decided to do this show so soon is more than to just sing. It is to show love and support for those who are affected. On Sunday we lost too many beautiful innocent souls and so many are still suffering,” continued Dion.
“But tonight we are going to let these families know that we are supporting them and that we will help them.”
Dion went on to announce that, along with show partners AEG Presents and Caesars Entertainment, she will donate proceeds from the show to aid the victims and their families.
At least 59 people died and more than 500 people, including four Canadians, were injured when a gunman opened fire on a crowd attending the Route 91 Music Festival.
The suspect, named by local police as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, allegedly fired from his hotel room on the 32nd floor, before shooting himself.