On a night when most people involved are only worried about what they will wear, or if their favorite artist will perform, an entire venue of celebrities and industry colleagues were brought to tears by moving tributes to victims of the Paris attacks.
Jared Leto gave a powerful introduction about the possibility of peace in a world forever changed by ISIS’ attack on one of the most beloved cities in the world.
He spoke about Metallica Project Manager, Thomas Ayad, who died at the Bataclan Theater on that tragic night, and how 30 Seconds To Mars had played there just 7 month before the attacks.
Donning hot pink hair from his role in “The Suicide Squad,” Jared Leto moved the crowd to tears:
“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 unforgettable. What a difference a day makes. Seven months later on the evening of November 13, 2015, that same venue, Bataclan, was under siege, one in a series of terrorist attacks on Paris that changed the word forever. 129 innocent people died, 368 were injured, and another seven billion will forever be scarred by this horrific and senseless tragedy. 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.”
“Tonight we honor the victims of the unimaginable violence that has taken place in this year in Paris and around the world. France matters, Russia matters, Syria matters, Mali matters, the Middle East matters, the United States matters, the entire world matters, and peace is possible.”
“By the way, many of us here are the sons and daughters of immigrants and Steve Jobs is the son of a Syrian immigrant, president Obama. The AMAs wanted to show its support to the people of France and the entire world. To that end they asked a woman who possesses one of the worlds great voices to perform an iconic song made famous by the legendary french artist Edith Piaf. Ladies and gentleman Celine Dion…”
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Watch Celine Dion’s beautiful tribute below.
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