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Celine Dion, Lionel Richie Perform at Walmart Shareholders Meeting

Beth Hall/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) -- Looks like Celine Dion’s recent voice problems, which caused her to cancel a slew of Las Vegas concerts earlier this year, are cleared up.

Dion was the closing act at the annual Walmart shareholders meeting in Arkansas on Friday, and brought down the house with her songs “The Power of Love,” “Love Can Move Mountains” and “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.”  For “Love Can Move Mountains,” she was joined by two choral groups: The Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir and the Walmart Associate Choir.

At the event, which you can watch online, Celine also praised Walmart for supporting her over the past 20 years, giving a special shout-out to Walmart store #2050 in Henderson, Nevada.  She said she often goes there after her Las Vegas shows to stock up on essentials.  Celine will return to her show in Las Vegas on June 9.

The shareholders meeting, which is always a star-studded event, was hosted by Justin Timberlake, and also included a performance by Lionel Richie, who sang “Easy” and “All Night Long.”  Taylor Swift performed as well, but her set wasn’t included on the webcast of the event at the request of her record label.

The American Idol fan site says this was the first time in years that an American Idol star did not perform at the Walmart shareholders meeting.  It’s become a tradition for Idol winners to appear at the event: Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery all sang at the meeting in the years they won the competition.

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Celine Dion Cancels Performances Through End of April

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Celine Dion had to cancel four shows after coming down with a virus last week, but things have gone from bad to worse.  The singer has now been put on voice rest through the end of April, and has canceled all of her scheduled shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace through Sunday, March 18.  She'll resume performances beginning June 9.

Celine flew to Los Angeles earlier this week to see a specialist, and was diagnosed with a weakness in her right vocal cord.  She needs six to eight weeks of vocal rest to completely recover.

In a statement, the diva said, "I tried to sing at my sound-check last week, and I had no control of my voice whatsoever.  We thought that after a few days rest I would improve but it wasn't getting any better...I guess it was worse than I thought."

She adds, "Obviously this is the worst thing for a singer...not being able to do your shows.  I feel worse knowing that I'm disappointing my fans.  I'm so sorry...I hope they forgive me."

Anyone who purchased tickets to Celine's show can get automatic refunds if they paid via credit card.  Those who purchased tickets with cash can return their tickets at the point of purchase for a refund.

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Celine Dion Gets One-Hour Special on Oprah's OWN Network

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You've heard of Three Men and a Baby -- now get ready for Celine Dion: 3 Boys and a New Show.

That's the name of a one-hour special which will debut on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network on June 26 at 9 p.m ET.

The special will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at Dion's day-to-day life as she works on her new Las Vegas show, spends time with her husband, cares for her newborn twins, and looks after her older son, Rene-Charles.

The show will be preceded by a six-hour marathon of the OWN series that stars another Canadian-born superstar: Why Not? with Shania Twain.

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Rod Stewart to Begin Two-Year Vegas Residency

ABC/Donna Svennevik(LAS VEGAS) -- Rod Stewart will begin a two-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting August 24, according to Billboard.  Tickets go on sale May 15 for the show, called Rod Stewart: The Hits.  That means Stewart, his good friend Elton John and Celine Dion will all have shows running concurrently at Caesars Palace.

Stewart tells Billboard that the show will be "90 percent songs that people know," and adds, "It's a rock'n'roll show. We'll try to give the people what they want, which are the songs that made me famous, plus a few surprises. There won't be any magicians or midgets, just a good rock show."

He also says that in a few weeks, he plans to meet up with Jeff Beck in England for more work on the album of blues songs that they're recording.

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Celine Dion's New Las Vegas Show Opens Tuesday Night

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- It's the moment for which Celine Dion fans have been waiting for more than three years -- her return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Tuesday night marks the official opening of Dion's brand-new show, simply called Celine.  By all indications, this show will be as successful as her first: the initial run of dates is already sold out, and those scheduled for June through August are selling briskly.  An additional 16 shows, scheduled for between Dec. 28 and Jan. 22, will go on sale this Saturday.

At a press conference a few weeks ago when she and her family arrived back in Las Vegas, the singer told a crowd gathered at Caesars Palace, "I'm looking forward to present [the new show] to you, and I'm very very excited.  Because every time you put a show together, you wonder, 'What are we gonna do next?'  And it's going to be an amazing show."

The set list for Dion will include the singer backed by a 31-piece orchestra and performing her greatest hits, but also many cover versions, ranging from a Michael Jackson tribute, to some James Bond themes, to her versions of songs by Journey, Billy Joel, and Janis Ian.

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Celine to Sing Billy Joel Song in New Vegas Show

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Despite the hype surrounding the impending debut of Celine Dion's new show in Las Vegas next month, not much is actually known about what it will look like, or even sound like.  Originally, the show was described as a tribute to the music of Hollywood, but that's no longer the case.  The show's director, Ken Ehrlich, tells Las Vegas Weekly, "We started out making it with a very definite kind of Hollywood theme, but as the show began to take on a life of its own, we realized that to some extent, that was limiting."  He adds, "We [realized we] could still incorporate some great songs of Hollywood, but we didn't have to plaster it on a marquee [as] 'Celine Goes Hollywood,' y'know."

Ehrlich says the show will include Celine's hits, as well as "a mix of songs she's always wanted to sing."  One of the songs she'll be performing, he reveals, is Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)," a touching ballad which appeared on his 1993 album River of Dreams.  The song is very personal to Billy, since it was inspired by his daughter Alexa Ray, but Celine is making it her own.  Ehrlich says, "It's just one of those songs that on its own is extremely emotional, and when she sings it, you know she's singing it to her kids.  It's really something."

The new show, which is currently untitled, opens March 15 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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Celine Dion Gives Birth to Twin Boys

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- After a long struggle with infertility, 42-year-old singer Celine Dion gave birth to twin boys Saturday.

"I cut the cord, it was instant love,” said Dion’s husband and manager, Rene Angelil. “I would do anything for them.  I love them so much.”

Dion underwent six attempts at in vitro fertilization and had three miscarriages in her second attempt to get pregnant.

The children’s names have not yet been released.

The couple also has a 9-year-old son, Rene-Charles.

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Celine Dion Hospitalized Ahead of Childbirth

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Celine Dion has checked into a hospital on the advice of her doctors to prepare for the birth of her twin boys.

According to People magazine, the hospital issued a statement Monday saying that Dion was admitted to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, for observation.

The statement said Dion was admitted "to prevent the early delivery of her babies...Celine and [husband] Rene have placed the health of their babies at their highest priority."

A representative for the couple last week denied reports that Dion had scheduled a cesarean section for October 22.

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