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The 2016 Billboard Music Awards was held Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada where there were some incredible performances, most notably from Céline Dion.

Dion, who lost both her husband René Anglil and brother Daniel earlier this year, broke down in tears after her son René-Charles made a surprise appearance to present her with the Billboard Icon Award.

Dion was clearly on an emotional edge, but still performed a phenomenal cover of Queen’s 1990 song “The Show Must Go On.” It was Dion’s first time performing on TV since her tragic losses.

During her acceptance speech, she told the audience “I don’t want to cry in front of you, you make me so happy.”

Watch Dion’s interview about her emotional experience.

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download (1)Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has never been shy about celebrating his faith as a Christian. Curry insists that his faith plays a vital role in his professional career, however he recently revealed why he doesn’t always quote the Bible everywhere he goes. In an interview with Fellowship of Christian Athletes FCA Magazine, Curry explained why he won’t always have a bible verse to share publicly.

“I’m not a guy who’s going to be trying to bash people over the head with the Bible,” he said in the magazine. “I want people to know when they see me play that something is different, that I play for something different, and whether I’m talking about it [or not], I just hope by the way I carry myself and by the way I play the game, they can see there’s something different about that guy. And they find out what it is and then they know. It’s part of who I am.”

Curry recently made history with a second consecutive NBA MVP honor, achieved by a unanimous vote. Curry’s commitment to his team while also being grounded in his faith has been an inspiration for many others. Curry told FCA Magazine that he ultimately thanks God for his talent.

“I’ve always been a believer that the Lord has put whatever talent in you, [and] whatever gift He has put in you, He wants you to get the most out of that. He wants you to succeed,” Curry says. “He wants you to pursue and work and be passionate about it. It’s not about getting any of the glory for yourself; it’s all for His [glory]. That’s where you have to keep perspective. Work at it and do all you can so you get the most out of yourself, but do it for His will.”

Curry created a strong spiritual foundation at an early age, with his relationship with Jesus Christ starting around middle school. While he might not always publicly praise the Lord, he is choosing to live his life in accordance to the word.

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When you think of Liberty University, you think of receiving a Christian education. Yet, there is more to this pretty campus with the sprawling mountains of Lynchburg, Va. There is a touch of Hollywood emerging out from the Liberty University Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center, and it is good.

The Liberty film “God’s Compass,” won Best Screenplay at the International Christian Film Festival in May.

But there was more to come.

Executive director of  the Liberty Cinematic Arts department, Stephan Schultze, didn’t know his film would also be walking away with awards for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Actor as well.

“Being nominated as a film at the highest level of the faith market and then to win the award in screenwriting, validates the incredible educational opportunity our students engage in as they go through the Cinematic Arts program at Liberty University,” said Schultze, according to a press release.

“Heaven is for Real” and “Brave Heart” director and writer Randall Wallace praised the film.

“‘God’s Compass’” portrays a kind of faith that seems out of reach to most of us and yet affirms its potential for all of us. Bold and brave in its story and its style, this is a film to applaud.”

The film tells the story of Suzanne Waters (Karen Abercrombie) who celebrates her retirement as a high school principle, but her journey would take another turn after taking in a delinquent teen named Eli (Joey Ibanez). The connection would change her life forever, and rekindled her faith in unexpected ways.

Abercrombie said during a recent interview with the Christian Examiner that the experience was “amazing.”

“We started each day with prayer, and everybody ate breakfast together, from the crossing guard to the actors to the director. Everybody was always on the same level; no one was favored for another. Then, we would take turns sharing Scripture, every morning. Also, while we were shooting, there were different groups and churches praying for us.”

A little Hollywood in Virginia–why not? If Liberty continues its current path, it might get a whole lot bigger and become a player in faith entertainment.

Schultze also wrote and directed “God’s Compass,” and shared that the recognition by the festival affords students a stage in the entertainment industry, especially the faith market. “No other film school in the country makes fully funded movies with its students. Liberty University’s cinema department is giving its students a tremendous gift.”

The “God’s Compass” was released with rave reviews on DVD May 3.

 

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The 142nd Kentucky Derby was held Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Nyquist, ridden by record-setting Mario Gutierrez, became the victor.

“It was an amazing feeling,” Gutierrez said. “Nyquist only needs a horse to push him. If he feels somebody coming he’s going to keep going as fast as he needs to go. I have never doubted my horse.”

The official winning time for the race was 2:01.31, almost two seconds faster than Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh’s time last year.

Nyquist grabbed the lead down the homestretch and held of Exaggerator to win by 1 ¼ lengths. Gun Runner was third, edging Mohaymen in fourth. Nyquist was one of the top three horses for the majority of the race.

Exaggerator’s trainer, Keith Desormeaux, stated “What a horse, Nyquist. I can’t respect that horse enough.”

A total of 167,227 people attended the Derby, the second-highest attendance ever for the race.

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