Happy birthday to legendary singer Celine Dion! The artist turns 49 today, but you would never know from her fit figure and flawless complexion. Dion has had a trying year after the 2016 passing of her 73-year-old husband, Réne Angélil, but the strong-willed star returned to her career—and long-standing Las Vegas residency—with inspiring strength.
“I understood that my career was in a way his masterpiece, his song, his symphony,” Dion said in a statement at her show. “The idea of leaving it unfinished would have hurt him terribly. I realized that if he ever left us, I would have to continue without him, for him.”
With a new song on the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack and a gig on NBC's The Voice, it's clear that Dion has found the strength to go on. And while returning to the stage could not have been easy, she has a legion of fans and celebrities to lean on for support. In honour of her birthday, take a look back at the most show-stopping looks that the star has sported on stage throughout her illustrious career.
1. In a sparkly strapless dress
Dion donned a strapless white number that showed off her incredible figure for the "VH1 Divas Las Vegas" concert on May 23, 2002.
2. In a strapless silver mini
The singer wore a shimmering silver mini to the 2007 World Music Awards on Nov. 4 in Monte Carlo.
3. In a pretty pink number
Dion wowed in a pink mini and strappy heels on her Taking Chances tour stop in London on May 6, 2008.
4. In a lilac mini
The singer showed off her toned gams in a lilac mini at San Jose's HP Pavilion on Feb. 20, 2009.
5. In a plunging gold dress
Dion looked statuesque in a plunging gold mini dress at the opening of her new show in Las Vegas on Mar. 15, 2011.
6. In a gold fringe dress
She flaunted her fringe on stage in a gorgeous gold mini during Germany's 2012 BAMBI Awards on Nov. 22.
7. In a plunging black top
Dion wore a plunging black sequined top and cigarette pants to a performance in Paris on Dec. 5, 2013.
8. In a shimmering gown
To return to her Las Vegas residency on Aug. 27, 2015 after taking a hiatus to care for her husband, Dion selected a shimmering floor-length gown.
9. In an emerald number
The singer changed into a a green fringed mini for the epic Vegas show on Aug. 27.
10. In a flowing teal gown
Dion made yet another costume change during her return to the Las Vegas stage on Aug. 27, 2015, this time into a flowing teal strapless gown.
11. In a gold high-slit gown
Her slit will go on! The singer performed at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in a dazzling one-shoulder dress with a sky-high slit.
12. In a strapless leather dress
Dion's slit reached new heights in this black leather number while performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
13. In sparkling matching separates
The singer rocked the Today show stage in a silver patterned bomber and matching pants.
14. In a low-cut strapless gown
Dion celebrated her 1,000th show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in a sparkling strapless number that showed off her incredible figure.