Josh Groban remembers René Angélil as the late-manager is honoured at the GRAMMYs

By Sarah Walker

Monday night's GRAMMY Awards ceremony featured a very special tribute to Celine Dion's late-husband René Angélil. The 73-year-old passed away in January after a long battle with cancer.

During the show's "In Memoriam" segment "My Heart Will Go On" -- a tune that catapulted Celine into superstardom -- played as his photo flashed across the screen. It was a tribute that no-doubt moved many of the music industry's biggest stars, including Josh Groban, who opened up to Entertainment City about the legend on the event's red carpet. The 34-year-old singer was once a backup vocalist for the 47-year-old songstress.

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“I’ll never forget when I was 16 years old and and backup for Celine,” he said of his time working with the Quebec power duo. “My dad brought his camcorder and security was like ‘no, no’ but René in his gentle voice was like this is an important moment for him." He went on to add, “René and Celine were so supportive of my career.”

Celine and Josh at the 2007 American Music Awards. Photo: Getty Images

The show's spot was the latest in a long line of celebrity and fan tributes to René. It's an outpouring that Celine says is helping her cope with the loss. "The support we've received has been such a blessing," she told People. The Montreal native reiterated that sentiment during a special Celebration of Life service held at Caesars Palace on Feb. 3. "On behalf of my family, thank you again for being here with us this evening for this beautiful tribute to mon amour," Celine said through her tears. "René, I love you, so much. Merci, good night."

René leaves behind not only his wife, but also his six children including René-Charles, 14, and twin boys Nelson and Eddy, 5.

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