WATCH: Céline Dion Performs New Beauty and the Beast Song Live for First Time
Céline Dion celebrated the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast by performing the song she sang for the film's 2017 live-action remake, "How Does a Moment Last Forever," live in concert for the first time.
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.
“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.
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.