Dave Quinn
May 25, 2017 12:42 PM

It’s been over 25 years since Céline Dion broke into American pop music, singing the award-winning title track of Disney’s 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast

And on Wednesday, the 49-year-old singer celebrated that milestone by performing the song she sang for the film’s 2017 live-action remake in concert for the first time.

The tune, titled “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” was written by songwriters Alan Menken (who won an Oscar for co-writing Dion’s original duet) and Tim Rice — and played over the Emma Watson-led movie’s end credits.

Before her performance, Dion took the stage of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace — where her long-running Las Vegas show continues to entertain audiences — to explain how the new track came to be.

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“I’m very nervous and very excited at the same time,” she told the audience in a video of the performance later posted to her Facebook page. “Twenty-five years ago, I was very fortunate to be a part of that magical movie Beauty and the Beast. It was one of the biggest moments of my show-business career, actually. I’m so thankful.”

“Twenty-five years later Disney asked me again if I’d like to participate in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast by recording another beautiful song,” she continued. “So if you put yourself in my shoes, I could not refuse.”

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Dressed in a flowing yellow gown reminiscent of the one Belle wears in the movie’s most memorable sequence, she then sang the touching ballad — as footage of the film played behind her.

It’s been a busy week of looking back for Dion. On Sunday, she celebrated the 20th anniversary of her smash hit “My Heart Will Go On” — and the film from which it came, Titanic — with a performance of the Oscar-winning song at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

Dion sang the show-stopping number from a a giant chandelier in the audience as clips of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet from the film flashed on a screen behind her.

Following her rendition of the song, the audience gave a standing ovation, and many in the crowd — including host Vanessa Hudgens — had tears in their eyes.

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