The iHeartRadio Music Awards is being postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak. Usher had been set to host the seventh annual awards show, which was scheduled to air live on Fox on Sunday, March 29, from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
However, the Shrine has announced that it would be officially closed for events at least until March 31, leading iHeartMedia to postpone the awards show.
“The safety of our guests, employees, artists and partners is our main priority,” an iHeartMedia rep said in a statement. “iHeartMedia and Fox will plan to reschedule at the appropriate time and will provide more information and relevant updates as they become available. Refunds are being issued to ticketed guests.”
The news follows the cancellation or postponement of major events including E3, Coachella, SXSW, MIPTV, CinemaCon and more, as many companies allow their staffers to work from home or limit face-to-face business meetings and unnecessary travel.
It’s not the only awards show being impacted. Earlier this month, Canada’s music-centric Juno Awards were canceled, as was the GLAAD Media Awards in New York and the Razzie Awards in Los Angeles while the Kids’ Choice Awards (Los Angeles) and the ACM Awards (Las Vegas) were postponed. The BAFTA Games Awards (London) is moving to a live stream.
Usher also was set to perform during the iHeartRadio Music Awards, in addition to Halsey, Lizzo and Justin Bieber, among others. Artists receiving multiple nominations included Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Daddy Yankee, Dan + Shay, Drake, Ed Sheeran, El Fantasma, Halsey, J Balvin, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Khalid, Kygo, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Selena Gomez, SHAED, Shawn Mendes, Snow, Summer Walker and Taylor Swift.
Several stars are stepping up to lend a helping hand in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.In addition to offering words of advice and support, some celebrities are opening their wallets to help those struggling with the effects of the outbreak.The following is a list of some of the famous folks giving back:
The actor/singer posted a note in the stories portion of his verified Instagram account that he would be donating to to the Mid-South Food Bank in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.”This is a crazy time, but remember we’re all in it together,” Timberlake wrote. “Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need.”
The actress threw her support behind the organization Feeding America in a post on her Instagram account.
“It’s a crazy time out there in the world,” the former Disney star wrote. “School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on adults age 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country.”
The fashion mogul and her daughter Allegra are giving back to her native Italy which has been hard hit.”In times like this, it is important to be united and support however we can to help all those who are in the front lines, fighting every day to save hundreds of lives,” a statement on her Instagram account reads. “”This is why Allegra and I have decided to make a personal donation of 200,000 euros to the intensive care department of San Raffaele hospital in Milan.”
“Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this disease and to all the doctors and medical staff who have been working heroically non-stop in the past weeks in the effort to take care of our loved ones,” she added.
Bong Joon Ho and Suga
The “Parasite” drector and the BTS member have each donated more than $82,000 to the Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association, Newsweek reports.Their donations will reportedly be used to distribute face masks and hand sanitizers to those in need in South Korea.
A former Bond girl has announced she has been diagnosed with coronavirus.Olga Kurylenko, who starred as Camille Montes opposite Daniel Craig in the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” shared the news Sunday on her official Instagram account.The Ukranian born star who rose from being a model to appearing on television and in movies including “Magic City” and “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” wrote that she is “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus.”
“I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms,” Kurylenko wrote in the caption of a photo which showed a partial view through a window. “Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”Hollywood has not been spared the pandemic sweeping the world.Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks announced last week that that he and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, had been diagnosed with the virus.The pair were diagnosed while in Australia for work and have been quarantined in that country since.CNN has reached out to reps for Kurylenko for additional comment.
The actor announced his positive results on Instagram on March 11.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” Hanks wrote.
“Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”
He added, “We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”
Hanks is currently in Australia’s Gold Coast for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley biopic, in which he plays the music icon’s longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Filming for the movie has been halted.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau tested positive for coronavirus on March 12.
In a statement obtained by local outlet The Globe and Mail reporter Marieke Walsh, government officials said, “Following medical recommendations, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive.”
“Also following medical advice, she will remain in isolation for the time being. She is feeling well, is taking all recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild.”
Officials revealed that the prime minister is “in good health with no symptoms.”
Officials added, “As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days.”
The statement explained that the prime minister “will not be tested at this stage since he has no symptoms.”
Matthew Broderick’s sister is being treated after her parish announced on March 11 that she was diagnosed with the virus.
Janet, a rector, fell ill after attending the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes conference in Louisville, Kentucky — the same event at which another attendee was diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, her church spokesperson said.
Though Janet initially received treatment for what doctors believed was a viral syndrome, she was admitted into the ICU at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills following a medical assessment, according to the parish. There, Janet tested positive for the coronavirus.
The church said Broderick is currently in stable condition as she remains in isolation, and is being treated for a severe form of pneumonia
Juventus Football Club shared the news about the Italian soccer player on the team website on March 11.
Club staff shared that at this time, Rugani is not showing any symptoms.
“Juventus Football Club is currently activating all isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him,” Juventus staff added.
The announcement came after Juventus held practice earlier on March 11, the Associated Press reported. Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive. The club’s other star, forward Cristiano Ronaldo, was not at the practice and has not been around Rugani since his diagnosis
Prior to his positive diagnosis, the Utah Jazz player was seen wiping his hands on the mouthpiece of several microphones attached to a podium before leaving a press conference.
“As part of the Jazz’s COVID-19 response, shootaround availability was done in the ZBBC media room today rather than on the court. As Rudy Gobert got finished discussing the situation, he stood up, leaned over and made it a point to touch every mic and recorder in front of him,” Salt Lake Tribune‘s Eric Walden reported.
After Gobert tested positive, the NBA announced the league will be suspending the remainder of the season until further notice.
The basketball player is the second Utah Jazz player to have the virus.
On March 12, the NBA team announced in a press release that “all members of the Utah Jazz traveling party” had been tested for the virus after Rudy Gobert’s diagnosis. During the additional round of testing, a second player tested positive.
The team did not initially identify the athlete who had tested positive, but sources identified the player to ESPN as 23-year-old Mitchell.
The athlete confirmed the reports on Instagram later on Thursday.
“Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test,” he wrote. “We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them.”
“I appreciate the authorities in Oklahoma who were helpful with the testing process and everyone from the @utahjazz who have been so supportive. I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help.”
The Vietnamese socialite and her sister tested positive just days after attending fashion shows in Milan and Paris.
The two flew to Italy on Feb. 18 to attend the Gucci fall 2020 fashion show, and Nguyen told the New York Times that they both “felt totally fine the whole time” during their travels. But by March 2, Nguyen noticed a cough while on a work trip. She went to the doctor the next day, which is when both she and her sister were found positive.
Following her diagnosis, Nguyen alerted her contacts at Gucci and Saint Laurent. She also informed her friends, family, makeup artist and photographer. As of March 11, none of the people she contacted have shown signs of the virus.
A spokesperson for Gucci issued a statement obtained by PEOPLE saying, “Despite 21 days having passed since our show, once we were informed of Mrs. Nguyen’s coronavirus confirmation, we informed all guests that were seated alongside Mrs. Nguyen at the show. They have expressed their thanks and advised they are doing well.”
Nguyen is scheduled to undergo another round of testing on March 16 and hopes that the lab work will reveal that she no longer has the virus, she told the Times.
A rep for Saint Laurent did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment
The coach of Arsenal Football Club — one of the most popular soccer teams in the English Premier League — tested positive for coronavirus this week.
Coach Arteta was diagnosed with COVID-19 late Thursday night, prompting Arsenal’s full first-team squad, coaching staff and other personnel to immediately go into self-isolation for 14 days, according to a statement released by the franchise.
As of now, the 37-year-old coach is remaining optimistic and is expected to make a full recovery.
“This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly,” Arteta said in the team’s statement. “I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are enjoying their vacation in Costa Rica.
The NFL star and his supermodel wife were seen enjoying a romantic walk on the beach during a family trip to the Central American country.
Brady, 42, sported a pair of red and white checked swim trunks while Bündchen, 39, opted for a thin-strapped navy bikini. The two showed off their toned bodies as they strolled the shore side by side.
The former Victoria’s Secret model was spotted wrapping her arms around Brady’s neck as the pair shares a passionate kiss.
Their vacation comes at a time of uncertainty for Brady and his NFL career.
Earlier this month, the Boston Herald reported that the NFL star’s recent phone call with the New England franchise’s coach Bill Belichick “didn’t go well.”
The outlet reported that their phone call doesn’t necessarily mean Brady won’t stay in New England, but didn’t give details of the check-in. A source told NFL.com last month that the Patriots, at the time, were willing to fork over $30 million a year to keep Brady on the team’s roster
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Dr. Mehmet Oz is speaking out about those who have been hoarding toilet paper amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The health expert went shopping on Saturday evening and came across a scene that has become all too common in stores across the United States: empty shelves that were once stocked with toilet paper.
“I went shopping today and there was no toilet paper. (Much to my chagrin there was plenty of soap.) Why we buy out toilet paper is something I’ll never understand,” he wrote on Facebook alongside a photo of empty store shelves. “Humans are hearty bunch. We’ve fixed problems far under the sea and on the face of the moon…yet we panic buy more toilet paper than we can possibly fit in our carts and cars.”
The physician added, “(1) Don’t panic — keep your distance from people, and if you feel sick, stay home. (2) Buy the essentials for two weeks, no more. Leave supples [sic] for everyone else. (3) Trust in the fact that if you somehow run out of toilet paper, a friendly neighbor would find a way to safely deliver you some.”
Oz also reminded his fans and followers to “stay calm” amid the global pandemic.
“And if it really came to it, our ancestors survived without TP. This is my way of telling you to stay calm and keep your head down. We’ve faced plenty of challenges before, and we’ll figure this one out too,” he concluded.
Around the country, stores are struggling to keep their toilet paper in stock. The New York Times reported that a Whole Foods supermarket in Somerville, Massachusetts, limited shoppers to two packages of toilet paper each, a move that is being adopted by more stores around the nation.
Psychologist Mary Alvord, who is also an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine, told TIME that this panic buying can be explained by people’s desire for a sense of comfort amid the chaos.
“There is comfort in knowing that it’s there,” Alvord said. “We all eat and we all sleep and we all poop. It’s a basic need to take care of ourselves.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden said at Sunday’s Democratic primary debate that, if he wins the party’s presidential nomination, he would pick a woman as his running mate to challenge President Donald Trump in the November election.
“There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow,” Biden, 77, said. “I would pick a woman to be vice president.”
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the other major candidate remaining in the Democratic primary race, was less definitive but said it was a very strong possibility that his running mate, should he be the nominee, would also be a woman.
“For me, it’s not just nominating a woman — it is making sure that we have a progressive woman, and there are progressive women out there. So my very strong tendency is to move in that direction,” said Sanders, 78.
Since the race for the nomination functionally narrowed to both Biden and Sanders in recent weeks, it has widely been presumed that whichever one wins would choose a woman as his running mate in a reflection of the diversity of the Democratic Party’s electorate, which largely draws on the support of women and people of color.
Hillary Clinton made history in 2016 when she was picked by the Democrats as the first female presidential candidate for a major political party. In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman nominated as vice president by a major political party. (She and Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale lost to Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush in an infamous landslide.)
The field for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination was, at one time, historically large and diverse. But it has been shrinking for months. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s exit on March 5 left the race without a major candidate who was not a white man in his 70s. (Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is the third remaining candidate but has not won a primary or caucus and hasn’t qualified for a primary debate in months.)
Biden took the front-runner status in the primary election from Sanders earlier this month after a string of decisive victories sent his campaign into a dramatic turnaround, beginning with his double-digit victory in South Carolina. Those wins eroded the momentum Sanders built with earlier first-place finishes in Nevada and New Hampshire.