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Michael Buble pulls out of BBC Music Awards

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Image caption Michael Buble's son Noah is having treatment in the US

Michael Buble has pulled out of the BBC Music Awards, days after learning his three-year old son has cancer.

Buble announced his son's diagnosis last Friday, saying he and his wife would cancel future engagements to concentrate on "helping Noah get well".

The BBC Music Awards, on 12 December, were among the first commitments in his diary for the upcoming weeks.

"We send Michael and his family our very best wishes," said BBC Music director Bob Shennan.

Buble is also due to host the Brit Awards in London on 22 February and the Canadian equivalent, the Juno Awards, in Ottawa on 2 April.

No decision has been made about these appearances.

'Devastated'

Buble, 41, and his wife of five years, Luisana, made the announcement about their elder son Noah's health on the singer's Facebook page.

They said: "We are devastated about the recent cancer diagnosis of our oldest son Noah who is currently undergoing treatment in the US.

"We have always been very vocal about the importance of family and the love we have for our children.

"Luisana and I have put our careers on hold in order to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well.

"We have a long journey in front of us and hope that with the support of family, friends and fans around the world, we will win this battle, God willing."

The singer did not release any further details about the nature of his son's illness.

Music awards

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams and Craig David have been added to the line-up of the BBC Music Awards.

The ceremony, at London's ExCeL arena, will see prizes distributed in five categories: Best artist, best album, best song, BBC Music Introducing artist of the year and Radio 1 Live Lounge performance of the year.

The 1975, Emeli Sande and Zara Larsson are also due to perform at the show, hosted by Fearne Cotton and Claudia Winkleman.

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