BMI Postpones Latin Awards Over Health & Safety Concerns

Reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel was set to be honored with the BMI president’s award.

BMI announced Tuesday (March 10) it is postponing its Latin Awards scheduled to take place March 31 in Los Angeles over health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus.

The reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel was set to be honored with the BMI president’s award at the 27th annual BMI Latin Awards, to be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. In a press release, organizers mentioned plans to reschedule the awards for a later date.

“The health and safety of our employees and affiliates is our number one priority, and as a result, BMI is postponing its upcoming Latin Awards show, originally scheduled for March 31 in Los Angeles,” says the press release statement. “We plan to reschedule the Latin Awards at a later date and look forward to honoring Wisin y Yandel with our President’s Award and celebrating our talented family of Latin music creators.  BMI will continue to evaluate all upcoming events on a case-by-case basis.”

The BMI Latin Awards’ cancellation joins a long list of other major music events that are being shut down, including South by Southwest, ASCAP’s Experience conference, Winter Music Conference and more over concern of the coronavirus outbreak around the world.

In the Los Angeles County, 20 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed by health officials so far. Worldwide, more than 110,000 cases have been reported.