Céline Dion’s Emotional Return to the Grammys: Oprah’s Warm Reception, René-Charles’s Grown-Up Presence, and More

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“Taking things step by step,” a source exclusively informs PEOPLE about Dion’s approach as she presented Album of the Year amidst her diagnosis of stiff-person syndrome.

Céline Dion is embracing the power of love.

After her unexpected appearance at the Grammys on Sunday to present Album of the Year, the superstar is on cloud nine following her emotional return to the stage, according to a source exclusively speaking to PEOPLE.

“It was an incredible night for her. She’s in good spirits, and there’s hope that she can gradually do more and return fully,” says the source about Dion, who was photographed backstage with Taylor Swift after her historic win.

Dion made her public comeback just days after the 55-year-old icon announced the forthcoming release of her new documentary, titled “I Am: Céline Dion,” scheduled to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian Irene Taylor, the film promises fans an intimate glimpse into her life following her diagnosis of stiff-person syndrome.

“People will witness everything she endured,” shares the source, adding that Dion is eagerly anticipating immersing herself back into her music career this year. “She’s proceeding step by step. [Her illness] may be incurable, but she’s genuinely thriving and looks remarkable.”

Backstage at the Grammys, Dion was joined by her son René-Charles Angélil, 23, as she mingled with fellow industry luminaries.

“Everybody was stopping her. She had a beautiful moment with Oprah and sang with Stevie Wonder. They were just riffing,” reveals the source. “Victoria Monét also approached her. Everyone showed such graciousness.”

When Dion took the stage on Sunday night, she was met with a standing ovation from the star-studded audience.

“Thank you all. I love you right back. When I say that I’m happy to be here, I really meant it from my heart,” said Dion, who was diagnosed with SPS in 2022 and had to cancel a world tour. “Those who have been fortunate enough to be here must never take for granted the immense love and joy that music brings to our lives and to people all around the world.”

While she has mostly kept a low profile since revealing her diagnosis, Dion made a rare public appearance last November at a hockey game in Las Vegas between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Montreal Canadiens.

On Monday, Dion’s stylist Law Roach shared several heartwarming photos from their evening together, commemorating the five-time Grammy winner’s significant night.

“This brings me so much joy! Not only to dress my Queen again but also to see that she’s HEALTHY AND HAPPY! The UNIVERSE always PROTECTS and PROVIDES,” Roach, who outfitted Dion in an elegant baby pink floor-length Valentino gown and coat adorned with Tiffany & Co. jewels, captioned his Instagram post. “Thank you Celine for allowing me to share this triumphant moment with you.”