"The Prayer" is a duet between Céline Dion and Andrea Bocelli. It is the second single from Dion's Christmas album These Are Special Times and first from Bocelli's album Sogno. It was released as a promotional single on March 1, 1999.
"The Prayer" won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song from the Quest for Camelot movie in 1999, the second win in a row for a Celine Dion song. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1999 and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2000. Dion performed it with Bocelli at both ceremonies.
First, "The Prayer" was recorded as two separate solo versions, Dion's in English and Bocelli's in Italian. They appeared on the Quest for Camelot soundtrack in May 1998. The duet was included on both artists albums, released a few months later. It was also featured on Dion's compilation The Collector's Series, Volume One (2000) and greatest hits My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection (2008). A re-recorded solo version by Céline Dion (re-named "A Mother's Prayer") appeared on her 2004 album Miracle. Dion performed "The Prayer" live during her Taking Chances Tour as a virtual duet with Bocelli on the screen. The song appeared also on Bocelli's 2007 compilation The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere. A live version by Bocelli and Heather Headley was included on his Under the Desert Sky DVD/CD and Vivere Live in Tuscany DVD/CD.
"The Prayer" was popular on the adult contemporary charts in Canada and the United States, peaking at number 8 and number 22 respectively.
Céline Dion performed "The Prayer" live with Josh Groban, during her CBS TV special That's Just the Woman in Me, aired on February 15, 2008. This version was released as a music download in the U.S. and Canada, two days earlier. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 70 and appeared on a few other Billboard charts: Pop 100 at number 50, Hot Digital Songs at number 32 and Hot Digital Tracks at number 29. The single has sold 37,531 copies in its first week. In Canada, the song peaked at number 37 on the Canadian Hot 100 and number 19 on the Canadian Top Digital Downloads.
Groban also sang "The Prayer" live with Céline Dion 6 years earlier, at the Concert for World Children's Day in 2002. The two first sang the song together in 1999, when Groban filled in for Andrea Bocelli at rehearsal for the 1999 Grammy Awards. Nearly 10 years later, Groban and Bocelli performed the song together for the first time during the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.