Billboard Music Awards postponed as coronavirus panic grows around the world

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards have been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

As events and tours get cancelled and countries around the world go into lockdown, the annual ceremony has been pulled.

It was due to be held in Las Vegas and broadcast live around the world on April 29.

A new date for the star-studded event is yet to be announced.

NBC and Dick Clark Productions announced tonight that they're pulling the event.

They said in a joint statement: "In accordance with the current guidelines set forth by national and local health officials and in order to ensure the health and safety of our artists, fans, guests and staff – we are postponing the Billboard Music Awards.

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"For more than two decades, the Billboard Music Awards has honored the best in music based on the Billboard charts, and we look forward to celebrating the incredible artists who topped those charts over the last year.

"DCP and NBC will announce a new date and venue for the show in the near future.”

Kelly Clarkson was set to host the awards show for a third time.

The nomination for 2020 had not yet been revealed.

A number of stars have already announced that they're postponing their tours and upcoming gigs, including Craig David, Louise Redknapp and Louis Tomlinson.

A number of movies have also halted production or release, and TV is set to be hugely affected too.

Across the world, cinemas and theatres are closing their doors in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

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