The 2020 JUNO Awards have been cancelled in light of coronavirus concerns

By Heather Cichowski

The 2020 JUNO Awards have been officially cancelled due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

The announcement was made on March 12. A statement was released on Twitter explaining that the decision to cancel Canada's biggest night in music came after a discussion and guidance from its partners, including Tourism Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

The JUNOS, which are an annual event recognizing the best in Canadian music, were set to take place in Saskatoon in a televised ceremony on March 15.

Jann Arden was set to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the event, and Alessia Cara was scheduled to host. A number of A-listers including Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams, were up for prizes this year.

The announcement stated the "health, safety and well-being of Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decisions that impact our communities," hence the decision to nix the event.

There was no alternate date set for the 2020 JUNO Awards, but the statement did say that the "CARAS will continue to explore options to coordinate an alternative way to honour this year's JUNO Award winners..."

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The news about the JUNO Awards getting cancelled comes after COVID-19 has affected a number of other concerts and celebrities.

Céline Dion played shows in New York before cancelling her concert dates. Photo: © James Devaney/GC Images

Santana cancelled an entire European tour that was set to start March 17 due to COVID-19 concerns. Pearl Jam, Madonna, Mariah Carey and BTS are among the other acts who have cut tour dates due to the virus.

Céline Dion postponed several shows on her Courage world tour this week due to her illness, but she confirmed she tested negative for the coronavirus. It appears she simply has a cold.

Music festivals are also affected. The South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin was completely cancelled. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was to take place April 10-12 and April 17-19, has been moved to Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18.

On March 11, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson released a statement confirming they both tested positive for the coronavirus. The Oscar-winning actor and his wife are currently in Australia, where he was set to play Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's legendary manager, in a biopic.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson at the 2020 Oscars. Photo: © Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

The World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11. As of this writing, more than 100 countries have confirmed cases of the disease, which the WHO says has infected more than 124,000 people worldwide and killed more than 4,600.

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