The music manager succumbed to a years-long battle with cancer last month

February 16, 2016 12:00 AM

The Recording Academy paid tribute to René Angélil Monday night.

During its annual ‘In Memorial’ reel, the Grammys decided to honor the late music manager by poignantly playing his widow Céline Dion‘s love ballad “My Heart Will Go On.”

The song began as composer James Horner – who died in a plane crash last summer – was observed and looped while as Angélil’s picture flashed across the screen. (Maybe best known for scoring Titanic, Horner also wrote its moving theme that Dion ended up recording and making into a hit; he won three Grammys and two Oscars for his work on the film.)

The Grammys’ memorial segment was just the latest commemoration of Angélil, who died last month at the age of 73 after a years-long battle with cancer.

A week after his death, Angélil’s family, friends and fans gathered in Montreal, where he was honored at a public visitation and national funeral. Then, on Feb. 3, his life was celebrated at a memorial service in Las Vegas, his home away from home.

Grief-stricken as she is, Dion, 47, says her fans’ outpouring of love has helped her family begin to heal.

“The support we’ve received has been such a blessing,” she told PEOPLE last month.

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