Grammy-winning rapper Roddy Ricch and Columbian superstar J Balvin have pulled out of this year’s virtual MTV Video Music Awards.
Variety reports the socially distanced ceremony, which will take place at various locations around New York and on a soundstage in Los Angeles, will now miss two of its biggest names.
“Unfortunately, J Balvin and Roddy Ricch are no longer performing,” a source told Variety. “As with every awards show, there are always last-minute talent changes. That said, this year has more logistical hurdles than most, and the health and safety of our employees and partners is of the utmost importance.”
Entertainment Weekly later reported California rapper Ricch revealed the news in an Instagram story on Friday.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be performing at this year’s VMAs as announced,” Roddy wrote. “My team and I did everything in our power to make this work, due to COVID compliance issues at the last minute we had to call off the performance. My team and I are safe, and everyone’s health is a main priority, as well as giving a quality performance. I appreciate MTV for the opportunity to perform, and I hope I can see ya’ll next year.”
Roddy is up for three VMAs, including PUSH’s best new artist, Song of the year, and Best Hip-Hop Video for his hit record, “The Box,” from his debut album, Excuse Me For Being Antisocial.
Don’t miss performances from DaBaby, The Weeknd, The Black Eyes Peas, and more at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, which airs August 30, at 8 p.m. EST. Keke Palmer will host.
By Rachel George
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