Jared Leto and Celine Dion gave a moving tribute to the Paris terrorist attacks that happened last week (which left 130 dead) at Sunday’s American Music Awards. If you don’t have tissues, go grab some. You’ll need them.
It started with Jared’s moving speech about the victims. He mentioned many entertainment industry members were in Paris during the tragedy. Some survived. Some didn’t. Jared went on to read a letter written by Antoine Leiris, whose wife was murdered in the attacks. Check out an excerpt from the monologue–which is really Jared reading Antoine’s words–below:
“Friday night you took an exception life, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred. You’re asking for it, but responding with hatred and anger is falling victim to the same ignorance and hatred that has made you what you are.”
He then introduced Celine, who sang a moving rendition of Edith Piaf’s “Hymne A L’amour.” She received a standing ovation at the end, and rightfully so. You can feel the emotion in that room. And it’s heavy. Check out the performance clip above. Our thoughts continue to go out to those affected by the attacks.