"Of course it was a great honour for me to receive trophies over the years, but to be here to receive a trophy that’s not for me, that’s even more touching," the singer said backstage at this year's ADISQ Gala, adding, "He’s not physically present, but I’m sure he’s here tonight. I don’t think he missed any of this, and I’m sure he’s very proud.”
René received the honour for his contribution to Quebec's music industry. In addition to managing Celine's career, the father of six was also instrumental in helping Ginette Reno reach international success as a singer and composer. This is the third time that René received a Félix trophy, having previously captured the honour in 1987 and 1988.
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Celine added: "[René] was not only one of the greatest visionaries of the Quebec music industry. He was also one of the biggest fans of musical artists that ever existed. He had an immense respect for people who had that passion .… René always thought of others before he thought of himself.”
After delivering a touching speech about her lifelong partner, the 48-year-old captivated the audience with a performance of "Avec le temps."
René passed away in January following a long battle with cancer. His life was later celebrated during a moving funeral service at Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica and service of remembrance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.