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Celine clearing calendar

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Celine Dion has cleared her calendar of all scheduled performances, saying she needs to focus on her health, her husband’s recovery from a cancerous tumor and raising their three young children.

The superstar vocalist canceled concerts that were slated through March 22, including a tour of Asia planned for the fall and regular shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, show organizers announced Wednesday.

“I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children,” Dion, 46, said in a statement. “I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support.”

Show organizers said the Canadian singer also hasn’t recovered from an illness that inflamed her throat muscles and forced her to cancel performances in Las Vegas since July 29.

Dove nominations

Hillsong United, Lecrae, Mandisa and Matt Maher lead the 45th annual Dove Awards nominations for artists with five apiece for gospel and Christian music excellence.

The nominations were announced Wednesday at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where the awards show will take place Oct. 7. Producer and songwriter Wayne Haun leads all nominees with 12 nominations overall.

Have fall listing?

We are seeking submissions for our Fall Events Guide, listing activities from Sept. 1 to May 25. The guide includes festivals in Indiana and Ohio, theater performances and art exhibits. Send listings to Terri Richardson at trich@jg.net or fax 461-8648. Include event name, date, time, location, cost and a contact number. Deadline to receive items is Friday.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer-pianist Buddy Greco is 88. Singer Dash Crofts is 76. Singer David Crosby is 73. Singer Connie Smith is 73. Actor-comedian Steve Martin is 69. Actress Susan St. James is 68. Novelist Danielle Steel is 67. Cartoonist Gary Larson is 64. Actor Carl Lumbly is 63. Composer James Horner is 61. Actress Jackee Harry is 58. Actress Marcia Gay Harden is 55. Singer Sarah Brightman is 54. Actress Susan Olsen is 53. Actress Halle Berry is 48. Actress Catherine Bell is 46. Actor Christopher Gorham is 40. Actress Mila Kunis is 31.

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