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01/10/2003 12:31PM

ANNOUNCED: The Dixie Chicks, nominated for four Grammys this week, will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVII Jan. 26 in San Diego, the Associated Press reports. "Anyone who tells you there's no pressure to sing the national anthem live to one of the biggest television audiences on the planet is not telling the truth," said group member Emily Robison, 30. As was previously reported, Shania Twain, 37, will perform at halftime.

DEPARTED: In a surprise move, record mogul Tommy Mottola, 52, who helped guide the careers of veteran acts like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen while overseeing the rise of Jennifer Lopez and ex-wife Mariah Carey, resigned on Thursday as chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment to start his own label, reports Reuters. Mottola reportedly had earned $7 million a year plus a percentage of Sony Music's revenue, despite the current slump in CD sales.

ADDED: "Two Weeks Notice" star Hugh Grant, 42, has made the cut in the new 155th British edition of "Who's Who," released Friday, its publisher announced. His entry reveals that his middle names are John and Mungo, and he cites football and singing as his hobbies. Fascinating.

CONFESSED: Dick Van Dyke, 77, and Mary Tyler Moore, 66, once the sexiest couple on TV -- while they were starring as Rob and Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in the early '60s -- kept their off-air relationship strictly platonic, Van Dyke admitted to TV reporters this week, while Moore was sitting next to him. (They were promoting their upcoming "The Gin Game," based on the Broadway hit, and set to air on PBS.) "The amazing thing is that we never had an affair," said the still-handsome leading man, as quoted by The Washington Post. "I always thought of it as a terrible waste."

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