International Singing Sensation Celine Dion to Sing 'God Bless America' at Super Bowl XXXVII

Jan 09, 2003, 00:00 ET from NFL Super Bowl XXXVII

    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- 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, the NFL announced today.
     Dion will perform as part of the pre-game 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."
     Bob Best of Best Productions in Tampa, FL will executive produce his 19th
 pregame show for the NFL.  He will be assisted by consulting producer Roddy
     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.
     The NFL previously announced the Dixie Chicks will sing the National
 Anthem.  Other pre-game performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
     In March 2002, after a two-year hiatus, Dion released her 16th album for
 Sony Music, entitled "A New Day Has Come," which entered the Billboard Music
 Charts at No. 1 and has gone on to sell more than eight million copies
     On March 25, 2003, Dion will begin the most innovative phase of her
 career, when she launches her highly-anticipated exclusive show at "The
 Colosseum" at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas called "A New Day ... ." The
 performance will be the centerpiece of a spectacular theatrical presentation
 directed by Franco Dragone, creator of the enormously-successful "Quidam,"
 "'O,'" and "Mystere."  A brand new 4,000-seat theatre, designed to resemble
 the Colosseum in Rome, has been constructed specifically for this concert
 engagement which is scheduled to run for a minimum of three years.
     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.
      BRIAN McCARTHY, NFL, 212-450-2069
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      MARK MANDEL / ADAM FREIFELD, 212-456-4867/212-486-4878