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Celine Dion will sing "God Bless America"

Multiple Grammy Award winner Celine Dion will sing "God Bless America" prior to Super Bowl XXXVII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego Sunday, Jan. 26. Dion will perform as part of the pregame show before the Dixie Chicks rendition of the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl XXXVII. The game will be televised by ABC to an expected 130 million viewers in the United States and 800 million viewers worldwide. The Super Bowl is annually the nation's highest-rated TV program and the most-watched single-day sporting event. David Foster, who has won 14 Grammy Awards, will create the arrangement to "God Bless America" for Dion.

Dion's performance marks the first time "God Bless America" has been performed at the Super Bowl. Last year, Marc Anthony and Mary J. Blige sang "America the Beautiful." That same song was performed previously at Super Bowl XXXV by Ray Charles and at Super Bowl XI by Vicki Carr. I'm honored to be asked to sing this meaningful song at the Super Bowl," Dion said. "I hope that this New Year brings peace to the world."

Following the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, Dion worked with Foster to release her first song in two years, "God Bless America", the cover song to an album also featuring Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel. Proceeds from the album were donated to those who came to the rescue and assisted in the efforts.

During her spectacular career, Dion has sold a total of more than 150 million albums. She is a six-time Grammy Award winner, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Album for Falling Into You (1996); and Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "My Heart Will Go On" (1998). Her recordings have won two Academy Awards: Best Original Song From A Film in 1992 for the title song of Beauty and the Beast (with Peabo Bryson), and Best Song From A Film in 1998 for "My Heart Will Go On" (From Titanic). She has earned three American Music Awards. In her native Canada, she has won 20 Juno Awards and an Astonishing 39 Felix Awards (Quebec). The viewers of VH1 made Dion their Artist of The Year in 1996, and voted her Best Female Artist and Diva of The Year in 1998.

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