In his first public appearance since November, Michael Bublé was nearly overcome with emotion during a speech about the love he has for his family.
Bublé was among those presented with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in his home country of Canada.
Following on from other illustrious recipients, including actors Michael J. Fox and Martin Short, Bublé took to the stage for a short speech, introducing himself in English and French before joking about his lack of ability to speak the latter.
He begins his speech with a famous quote from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
The quote, he says, is a perfect description of his feelings as an artist and as a person.
“My entire life has been inspired by how my family has made me feel,” he says.
He begins to list them, but stops after the first acknowledgement: his wife.
Looking out into the audience, Bublé takes a breath to compose himself before mentioning his children, the emotion in his voice all too clear.
41-year-old Bublé has been largely out of the public eye since announcing last November that his three-year-old son, Noah, was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Even after the confirmation in April that Noah was cancer-free, Bublé has chosen to enjoy this quiet time with his young family.
During his speech, Bublé also mentions his parents, sisters and manager.
“There are no words to describe how I feel about you. Sometimes ‘I love you’ just isn’t enough because what I feel is so much more,” he says.
Bublé goes on to talk of his love for Canada and the support that allows artists to venture out into the world.
“I stand here truly humbled that I have been allowed to be one of your musical representatives, and that you would choose to bestow this honour upon me during what has been an emotional and difficult time for my family.”
You can see Bublé’s full speech in the video of the ceremony below (his appearance begins about 48 minutes in).
This article originally appeared on Starts At 60.
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