Canada’s awards show recognizing the country’s best musical talent, the Juno Awards, have been cancelled over coronavirus fears.
The 2020 June Awards were set to take place on March 15 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but organizers have cancelled the event due to COVID-19 concerns.
“It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we collectively confirm the cancellation of the 49th Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week activities in Saskatoon due to concerns surrounding COVID-19,” said organizers in a statement.
“We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decisions that impact our communities,” adds organizers.
Alessia Cara was set to host the Junos for the first time this year, but found out last night after landing in Saskatoon, the event was going to be nixed due to coronavirus. Cara said she was “so sad” about the cancellation and said, “everyone’s health and safety comes first.”
“We know this is the right decision based on the information we currently have and are continuing to receive. The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly and we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials,” concluded the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which says it will be looking at “an alternative way to honour this year’s JUNO Award winners and Special Award Recipients.”
Apple Music is one of the lead partners of the 2020 Juno Awards.