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#ICYMI: Jared Leto And Celine Dion Pay Tribute To Paris At The American Music Awards

Jared Leto And Celine Dion At The 2015 American Music Awards

Last night one of the most moving moments from the 2015 American Music Awards came not during a performance of a song, but during a speech before a song. Singer/songwriter/actor, Jared Leto took the stage last night to give a touching speech sent out to the victims of the horrific Paris terrorist attacks. In that speech he recalled his band Thirty Seconds To Mars’ own personal connection with Paris and his own happy memories at the Bataclan, the same venue where those attacks would take place just seven months later during an Eagles Of Death Metal show.

“Earlier this year my band Thirty Seconds To Mars was wrapping up a tour to Europe and looking for a good excuse to stop off in one of our favorite cities in the world: Paris. We decided to play a little impromptu show at a classic venue called the Bataclan. It was beautiful, peaceful, and unforgettabe. What a difference a day makes.”

In that same speech Leto continued to show a personal connection to the attacks when he like other famous musicians before him, said that he and his band had friends and colleagues that were trapped in the venue during the attacks on November 13th.

“Like some of you here, we had friends and former colleagues there that night. Steve Toth and Matt McJunkins both made it out. Thomas Ayed did not.”

Leto then spoke a powerful quote from Antoine Leiris, who was also at Bataclan that night He said.

“ Antoine Leiris was also at Bataclan and said, “Friday night, you took an exceptional life. The love of my life, the mother of my son. But, you will not have my hatred” He went on to say, “You’re asking for it, but responding with hatred and anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security — you lost. We are just two now, my son and me. But we are stronger than all the armies in the world.”

Leto’s moving words were then followed by a powerful performance by French-Canadian superstar, Celine Dion. Dion proved to us all once again why Leto described her as “one of the world’s greatest voices’ when she performed Edith Piaf’s “Hymne a L’Amour” (“Ode to Love”) . This was without a doubt one of the absolute must-see moments from last night’s broadcast. After award shows there are always thousands of stories on various blogs talking about who wore it best, or who gave who shade, and for what. But when you put all that silly stuff aside, moments that we shared with Jared Leto and Celine Dion remind us that music has the power to touch people. So in case you missed it please enjoy this special TV moment, we hope it helps the healing for anyone that continues to be in pain from this tragedy.

Jared Leto Shares His Paris Story In Moving Speech About Paris Attacks 

From The 2015 American Music Awards

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  Celine Dion 

“Hymne a L’Amour”

From The 2015 American Music Awards

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